Elementary students take delivery of Chromebooks – The Royal Gazette

Updated: Sep 27, 2021 4:58 PM

Chromebooks were distributed to all P3 to P6 students earlier this month (Photo provided)

Chromebooks were distributed to all P3 to P6 students earlier this month (Photo provided)

Chromebook laptops have been distributed to all students from P3 to P6 to help them with in-person and distance learning.

The Education Department said the devices, distributed during the week starting September 13, were also distributed to two P1 teachers – one at Elliot Primary School in Devonshire and another at the school Purvis primary in Warwick.

The provision of the Chromebooks was made possible through a donation from the Hasso Plattner Foundation, an international foundation focused on accelerating the adoption of digital technologies through science and education.

Diallo Rabain, Minister of Education, said: “A Chromebook is allocated to a student for the duration of the time they spend at the elementary school level. It should be used for in-person learning; during distance learning; and for homework. The Chromebook can also be used during summer learning programs.

Mr Rabain said teachers were offered professional Schoology training, a distance learning management system and its blended learning program over the summer period.

“Students are also required to log into Schoology each morning and the department’s goal is for every teacher in the Bermuda public school system to become highly qualified in the use of Schoology,” Mr. Rabain said.

Blended learning includes face-to-face learning, online learning, and independent study time.

Mr. Rabain added, “In a blended learning setting or hybrid classroom, students are moving away from the traditional classroom and starting to focus on how technology can enhance learning. “

He said students should use their Chromebooks responsibly by handling and storing them with care, while parents and guardians should sign a contract before they are issued.

Measures have been put in place to ensure the appropriate and safe use of the technology.

Mr. Rabain explained: “While the use of technology brings certain advantages, there are also disadvantages which are also possible. To combat the inappropriate use of Chromebooks and protect our students, our IT team has the necessary systems in place that can monitor daily usage of approved websites and use web tools to block untrusted sites.

He encouraged other donors to “invest in Bermuda’s future, our youth,” and thanked the Department of Education’s IT team for purchasing, delivering and maintaining the devices.

Parents and guardians needing technical assistance can call IT at 278-3395 or email [email protected]

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