The 2015-2016 school year has brought with it some new technology changes that we at Brunswick are thrilled about. For starters, Brunswick has gone Google! At the end of last year our staff made the transition to Google, and this year will begin utilizing Google in the classroom District wide. The Google classroom will improve our student’s technology skills before and after they graduate. Students are already very good at using technology for entertainment, but now they will also be using technology for learning and educational purposes.
To complement our Google classroom, we are also implementing a one to one technology initiative with our students in grades 6-12. Beginning in the fall with the high school, each student will receive their own Chromebook that they can use both at home and at school for educational purposes. Middle school students will receive their devices during the second half of the school year. This one to one program will give our students more access to technology during school hours, but also outside of the normal school day as well.
At the elementary level we have also expanded the use of Chromebooks in the classroom. Elementary students will not be transporting devices to and from school like our high school and middle school students. Instead, they will utilize classroom sets during school hours which provide one device per student. Previously, the Chromebooks were utilized for testing purposes only. Starting this year, teachers will be able to use these devices during their classroom lessons.
These technology improvements are fully funded by revenue generated from the sales tax. This one to one initiative allows our teachers to deliver instructional content in different ways to meet the needs of all our students. This will help engage our students in the learning process and give them the skills they need to be successful in today’s high tech world. Our technology integration staff will work throughout the District to incorporate the one to one initiative in the classroom and ensure our students are reaching their full potential.
The staff at Brunswick City Schools continually works hard to guarantee student success and make our community proud. We are incredibly excited about the 2015-2016 school year and look forward to a great year. For updated news and information about BCSD please visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter at @BrunswickCSD.
Go Big Blue!