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Chromebook Information for Grades 2-5

Filed in Archive by on July 28, 2017

Grades 2-5 – In-Classroom Model

Students in grades 2-5 will have access to their very own Chromebook located in a cart within their classroom.

Chromebooks have been a part of Bethlehem Central’s elementary school experience for the last few years. We use this technology daily in our classrooms to enrich student learning. In 2017-18, the district introduced the Power of One Chromebook program in grade 3 so that every student will have 1:1 access to a Chromebook. The initiative is expanding to include grade 2 in 2018-19.

What is a Chromebook?

Simply put, a Chromebook is a laptop that runs Google’s Chrome web browser only. With other computers, you run various applications from a desktop—including a web browser like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Explorer. With a Chromebook, your computer is a web browser, and that is where you run your apps. Applications and files are stored online in the “cloud” and not on the Chromebook itself.

With even greater access to Chromebooks, students in grades 2-5 will continue to:

  • Collaborate with each other using the Google Suite of applications including Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Classroom;
  • Take virtual field trips using Google Expeditions and Discovery education;
  • Use apps such as Seesaw, Raz-kids, and XtraMath to empower students to independently document  and control their learning with creative tools;
  • Practice skills they are learning in the classroom on a variety of age and grade appropriate websites.

Please note: For our students K-1, each elementary school will have access to an additional Chromebook cart which contains approximately 25 touchscreen Chromebooks. All K-1 classrooms will also be outfitted with six iPads for use in small group settings.

What does Bethlehem do to protect students who are online?

The district uses web filtering designed specifically for the K-12 environment. There are also district and user reports the Technology Department can use to monitor overall activity and ensure appropriate use, or to drill into specific issues. Read more about the district’s web filtering and other online safety tools for school and home.