BISD Board Approves One-to-One Mobile Devices for Grades 5-12
In an effort to continue to provide quality educational learning experiences for students, Brazosport Independent School District is excited to announce the launch of their 1:1 Chromebook initiative (one device for each student) for students in grades 5–12, for the 2016-17 school year. The BISD Board of Trustees voted during its Tuesday night meeting to purchase Chromebooks and increase technology support staff utilizing Bond funds along with local, state and federal dollars. The digital transformation is an educational advancement that will allow students access to technology to further their educational and career goals inside and outside of school.
BISD Superintendent Danny Massey credits the BISD Board of Trustees for embracing the importance of technology and supporting this initiative.
“In today’s world, technology plays a crucial role in a student’s education and future career. In BISD, we want to do everything we can to prepare our students to be future-ready and we believe that providing students the opportunity to learn with a digital device is a major step in that direction,” stated Massey.
With the purchase of Chromebooks, BISD will expand their digital conversion that the district piloted this year in three elementary schools. The positive feedback from teachers and students involved in these pilots has encouraged the district to expand personalized digital learning experiences for students in the upper grades. As part of the implementation the district will provide teachers with professional development on effective use of the devices in the classroom; provide additional support staff for instruction along with additional technical support positions. BISD will provide 3,350 new devices with the estimated total cost, including personnel, to be $1,568,000. Funds will come from bond funds and local, state and federal budgets.
The deployment of Chromebooks to students in grades 5-12 will begin in the 2016-2017 school year. “With the technological advances in our district, it is an exciting time to be in BISD,” shared Chief Operations & Technology Officer Monty Burger.
BISD serves approximately 12,500 students at eleven elementary schools, two middle schools, three intermediate schools, two high schools and an alternative learning center with a vision of setting the standard for educational excellence.
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