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More than 3,000 New Chromebooks Enhance Reading and Math Instruction
Humble ISD is distributing new Chromebooks across the district, expanding computer access by putting devices into the hands of more students. By mid-April, elementary campuses will have 90 Chromebooks, and each middle and high school campus will have 60 Chromebooks, for a total of 3,330 new devices.
“Technology in the classroom supports collaboration,
digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving,” Arthur Allen,
Director of Technology Services, said. “When
the remaining Chromebooks have been purchased and distributed, Humble ISD will
have invested over $1.1 million toward the commitment to enhancing technology.
We are grateful to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees for supporting additional
technology in the classroom.”
This initiative was based on a recommendation from the Board
of Trustees’ Program Review Committee. Each
Chromebook costs about $300. Distribution
began in January and will continue through April to 42 campuses.
The Chromebooks will be used primarily for reading
and math intervention, while also providing additional devices for use during state
online testing. Having devices in classrooms keeps computer labs open and
available to promote more widespread access.
Teachers throughout the district have quickly put
the Chromebooks to use. Students in Kelleen Todd’s fourth grade RELA classes at
Humble Elementary are using the new
Chromebooks to enhance their literacy skills. Students are engaged throughout
the day with a variety of online resources such as Google classroom, blogging,
researching, Istation, and an online fluency and comprehension program.
Creekwood Middle School sixth grade
reading language arts teacher Alisa Cancino has also quickly incorporated the
Chromebooks into her daily instruction and finds that students are much more
engaged not only in classroom assignments, but homework as well. “I am using
Google Classroom to assign homework and my students are actually asking me for
more!” Cancino said.