According to Google’s own description, “The Chromebook is a new computer from Google for getting stuff done in and out of the classroom. It’s simple and secure, and has access to the web and apps built-in so students and teachers can work and learn right out of the box.” While the devices are often mistaken for laptops because of their appearance, Google
“Whether it’s college classes, technical programs or entering straight into the workforce, our kids will have the skills they need to succeed,” said NCISD Superintendent Kenn Franklin. “We’ve spent three years preparing for this.
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The Chromebook initiative has transformed learning among students and has also profoundly expanded teaching methods and opportunities for teachers. Student introduction to the devices will differ by grade level. Pre-K through fifth grade students will have access to the Chromebooks at school, while all students in grades six through twelve will receive take-home Chromebooks.
Through funding provided by federal and local sources, including the 2013 Tax Ratification Election, NCISD has leased the computers for a three-year period and will then be able to upgrade to newer versions at the end of the lease. This will allow the district to continue its commitment to providing its students with the best available technology.
While New Caney ISD isn’t the first school district to issue technology to its students, this is the largest rollout of Chromebooks to students in Texas, and this undertaking has not gone unnoticed. The district has attracted the attention of school districts from Canada and other states around the nation, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Louisiana and Arizona and others who are looking to NCISD as a leader in this effort.