Howell Public Schools plans to launch a 1:1 program beginning with the 2018-19 school year. The program will provide each student in grades 6-12 with a Chromebook for use at both school and home. In grades 3-5, additional devices will be added to each classroom to create a 1:1 environment; however, the students will not be allowed to take the devices home. The program will be funded through the district’s technology bond which was passed in November 2015.
The district’s Board of Education heard an update on this plan during its meeting on Monday, May 14, and will vote on the purchase of devices at a meeting in June.
“We are excited to provide resources to our students and teachers that will increase engagement while expanding learning opportunities beyond the traditional school day,” said Erin MacGregor, Howell Public Schools superintendent. “A device will never replace the authentic connection between a highly qualified teacher and a student. However, it can become an important resource and tool for our teachers and students.”
To ensure the safety of students, the district’s content monitor and filter will be installed on each device. The system will block inappropriate materials, monitor device use, and alert the district to any questionable material both at home and at school. This will be the same system currently used on the devices in the district and on student email accounts.
If approved by the Board of Education, the district will spend the summer preparing the devices for students. At the elementary level, the additional devices will be installed in each classroom before the start of the school year. At the middle and high school levels, devices will be issued near the end of September.