Next week, sixth graders at Draper Middle School will have access to school-supplied Chromebooks aimed to help enhance their classroom experiences.
Draper Principal Rick Arket shared that each of the sixth grade teachers will be receiving their own cart of Chromebooks, while elective teachers will be provided with access to the carts. Throughout each school day, Draper students will have access to a Chromebook whenever they need it – during a physical education class, an English lesson and anything in between.
The full Google Suite of products will be prepared for each of the Chromebooks, allowing for a more seamless integration of the technology tools that students and teachers are already using into their daily routines. While students will not be able to take the Chromebooks home with them at this time, they will be able to access the devices at any time during the school day and under the supervision of a teacher.
“This initiative is a part of our broader goal supporting increased utilization of technology in the classroom, and the district’s Smart Schools funding helped make it happen,” Mr. Arket shared. “By presenting students and teachers with better access to technology like the Chromebooks and Google Suite products, we’re helping students to develop relevant, 21st-century skills.”
On Friday, Draper teachers received training on operating the Chromebooks and utilizing the new technology for their classrooms in preparation for the official roll-out of the Chromebooks — which is anticipated to happen early next week. Moving forward, the district will continue to provide training and professional development activities for both teachers and students to help them get the most out of the new devices.