In Wilton schools, Google enters the classroom

In Wilton schools, Google enters the classroom

(The Hour, 5/24/17)

Mason Mitchell likes having a Chromebook he can check out from the library at Middlebrook School.

The compact laptop is convenient to access and to complete class assignments, with a built-in suite of free Google Education Apps like Gmail, Google Docs and Google Classroom.

While the seventh-grader has his own laptop at home that he can do homework on, and sometimes brings to school, he said having a district-owned Chromebook to use at school and at home would enhance his learning experience.

“It’s definitely helpful for research, projects and anything that you need typing for,” Mitchell said, describing the Chromebook. “I think having your own would be helpful because you can always have one on hand.”

This 1:1 digital learning environment is the vision behind the district’s “Ready Access” plan for the 2017-18 school year, according to Fran Kompar, the district’s director of instructional technology and digital learning.

Some of the district’s classrooms already have access to Chromebooks and Google Education Apps, but the plan is to fully integrate the devices and apps into the curriculum as appropriate.

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