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Going 1:1 with Chromebooks at John Carroll
 
John Carroll is a 1:1 chromebook school. We have been steadily increasing our technology programs by expanding our network, training faculty, and partnering with Google Apps for Education. Each student having their own Chromebook in the classroom is a big step forward which allows us to take full advantage of the many instructional tools available to teachers and students.
 

During the 2016-17 school year, we provided teachers with access to two Chromebook carts which were shared throughout the school. As demand grew we added an additional three carts to the fleet in the fall of the 2017-18 school year.  With 100% of our teaching staff now utilizing Google Apps for Education and a demand that our five Chromebook carts could not keep up with we decided that it was more beneficial for our students and teachers to go 1:1 with chromebooks.

We have taken necessary steps toward providing reliable, consistent access, such as:

  • overhauling our network infrastructure
  • upgrading our bandwidth
  • implementing G Suite for Education tools campus-wide
 
Chromebooks are fast, durable, and cost-effective devices which are extremely intuitive, have an all-day battery life, as well as integrating seamlessly with our G Suite applications. GoGuardian, our management suite, will be utilized to ensure we can continue to work with parents and students for positive learning outcomes.  This solution not only affords teachers the ability to manage devices directly in the classroom, it also provides administrators with the capability to filter objectionable content and monitor potentially harmful online behaviors.
 
The device chosen for the 2019-20 school year is the Dell Chromebook 11 3100. 
Specs:
  • Celeron N4000
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 16 GB SSD
 
A Chromebook is not an instructor or curriculum  – it is a resource.  A Chromebook is not, nor will it ever be, a replacement for a caring, passionate, and driven teacher.  A Chromebook is simply a tool for educators to utilize and increase student engagement and achievement.  Great people make great schools – Chromebooks just allow schools to find whole new levels of greatness.