Chromebooks are on their way to middle schools in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 this summer after the Board of Education approved the purchase that will provide one-to-one personal learning devices for all students in grades 6-8.
Using funding provided by the Vision One91 referendum approved by voters in 2015, the District will purchase 2,100 Chromebooks from Best Buy Education, along with management licenses for all the devices and support in preparing them for student use.
Middle school students will be getting the same model of Chromebook that high school students received last school year. They are lightweight, inexpensive devices that provide students access to the internet, their Google accounts and other web-based applications. The model being purchased includes a touch-screen along with a keyboard so it also acts as a tablet.
“With each middle school student having a Chromebook, it ensures that they have access to high-quality resources and information that support their learning,” said Instructional Technology Coordinator Rachel Gorton. “It also provides a powerful tool for students to create, collaborate and communicate about their work.”
Students will be able to pick up their Chromebooks on the following schedule:
- Nicollet Middle School, Aug. 22, 2-7 p.m.
- Metcalf Middle School, Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Eagle Ridge Middle School, Aug. 24, Noon-8 p.m.
Devices will be expanded into elementary schools in 2018-19, but not on a one-to-one basis.
The Chromebooks are the most visible piece of a comprehensive technology plan being put in place as part of Vision One91, the work to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners. In 2015-16, a new online learning management system – Schoology – was launched, providing a central hub where teachers and students can create, access and share information about classes.
The total cost of the devices was $641,697.