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Elementary Chromebook Information

Filed in District, Eagle, Elsmere, Glenmont, Hamagrael, Slingerlands by on September 8, 2017

Grades 3-5 – In-Classroom Model

Students in grades 3-5 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 is introducing the Power of One Chromebook program so that every student in grades 3-12 will have 1:1 access to a Chromebook.

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 3-5 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-2, each elementary school will have access to an additional Chromebook cart which contains approximately 25 touchscreen Chromebooks. All K-2 classrooms will also be outfitted with six iPads for use in small group settings.