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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 31 January 2018 19:15

Parent Teacher Resource donates $5,000 to be used for more Chromebooks   

    The Northern Ozaukee School District is closer to having Chromebooks for all of its students.
    NOSD’s Parent Teacher Resource (PTR) recently made a $5,000 donation to support  the expansion of the Chromebook initiative for every student to have a computer by next year.
  “The big thing for us is we want to make sure every one of our students, regardless of socioeconomic status or financial ability, is able to access that technology, and because we’ve done it strategically and implemented it over the last few years, it’s allowed us to make sure we’ve trained both staff and students to use it in a way that’s beneficial and a way that is focused on learning,” NOSD Supt. Dave Karrels said.
    “I think that’s been a priority to do it that way versus putting a large number of computers in the hands of students and not putting that front-end time in to make sure they’re really ready.”
    The high school students are the only ones in the district without a Chromebook, which costs about $250. But that will likely change by the start of the next school year.
    “We have made this initiative a key priority for next year, so with an emphasis on applying for several grants and through the district budget we definitely plan to be 1:1 (a Chromebook for each student) at the high school for the 2018-2019 school year,” Karrels said. “We have made going 1:1 a priority for next year. So we have applied for multiple grants and we’re waiting to hear back on those. But we are very confident between the district budget and those grants that we well be 1:1 at the high school next year as well.”
    The initiative has been a three-year process and that was done intentionally to make sure NOSD’s staff and students were fully prepared to have this technology and to be able to use it in a beneficial way, according to the superintendent.
    The first students to get Chromebooks were at the elementary level. Middle school students received them last year.    
    The PTR has donated $15,000 the last two years.
    “Right now there is large push for technology and it’s an ever-changing world out there,” Karrels said. “The PTR has been just an outstanding resource for our district and our students.”
    So far, feedback from students and teachers has been supportive.
    “Overall, from both teachers, parents and students, the response has been very positive and just to have that level of technology in the hands of our students has been really beneficial to them and their learning,” Karrels said.

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