1:1 take-home Chromebook initiative

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1:1 take-home Chromebook initiative
Chromebook distribution at Marshall MS

Beginning in September 2019, students at Capital and Olympia high schools and Jefferson and Washington middle schools will be the next in the Olympia School District to participate in a one-to-one (1:1) take-home Chromebook initiative. As funded through the 2019-2023 voter-approved Technology Levy, all secondary students grades 6-12 will be provided access to a Chromebook to use at school and home. In the 2019-20 school year, your student will be provided one of these devices.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Olympia School District to provide an essential academic tool to these students with a safe, healthy and balanced approach,” said Marc Elliott, the school district’s chief information officer,Technology.

In the first few days of school, CHS, OHS, JMS and WMS students will be issued a Chromebook, much as they are assigned textbooks. Students will receive a device and charger. Like textbooks, team uniforms, and other school property issued to students, there is a responsibility to take appropriate care of these valuable resources. The district has developed a plan to manage costs associated with accidents, damage and loss.

Students will access their documents and online learning resources through their OSD Google accounts. Chromebooks are designed to be operated while connected to the internet, with applications and documents living in the “cloud,” providing a secure and easily-managed system. Students will be able to connect their Chromebooks to their school, home or local public Wi-Fi. Students without access to home Wi-Fi may contact their school for assistance.

As the district moves forward with this model, it is important to note that Chromebooks are the current choice for the district's 1:1 initiative, but the emphasis is on instructional strategies that support a student-centered classroom. The Olympia School District is working to create an environment of equity, access to information and resources, innovation, digital health and well-being, and student ownership in learning. Teachers and students will remain focused on content knowledge and skills while the technology increases opportunities to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate.

More information will be provided to CHS, OHS, JMS and WMS students and families as the new school year approaches.