Q. What is the educational value of students having Chromebooks?
A. For information on the education value please visit our “A Mobile Learning Community” page.
Q. Will teachers get Chromebooks?
A. All of our faculty in Middle and Upper School were issued Lenovo x220 tablets for the 2011-12 school year. By loading Google Chrome onto these devices faculty will have a device that acts as a Chromebook.
Q. Will students use their Chromebook in every class?
A. Chromebooks are a great device for accessing the web, typing notes, doing research, and a host of other tasks using a variety of web-based applications. However, in classes like Math the Chromebooks may not be used as they would be in other classes.
Q. Can students take all their notes on a Chromebook?
A. Yes. Students can take notes using Google Docs and as we transition to Google Apps for Education our 7th and 10th grade teachers will work within individual class time lines to help students transition to this format as part of the pilot. In addition, students can also explore Evernote, an online tool with off-line apps, to manage their note taking. At present, Ravenscroft is exploring site licenses for Evernote should the pilot program be successful.
Q. Will textbooks be available for download onto the Chromebooks?
A. The world of publishing is quickly changing with college textbooks and secondary textbooks becoming a large focus for both major publishers and entrepreneurs seeking to get them into the hands of students. Ravenscroft is presently researching e-texts with a pilot program in our Middle and Upper School History departments. In addition, we believe that Amazon’s recent announcement about their Kindle Textbook Rental program could be a game changer moving forward.
Note: Chromebooks can use Amazon’s Kindle Cloud Reader.
Q. Will Chromebooks change what students are currently learning or just how they learn it?
A. By providing a mobile device to each student we believe that the curriculum will be enhanced by extending learning opportunities both inside and outside of our classrooms. While the content of what is taught by our faculty will not change, Ravenscroft now has an opportunity to further explore how that content is delivered, how we engage our students in their learning, and how we teach problem solving, collaboration, and creativity. Ultimately, we want our students to become agile learners when it comes to using technology in the classroom.