Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chromebooks: An Educator's Perspective on Set-Up and Procedures

Our guest blogger is +Ellen Lewis, an 8th Grade Literacy teacher who has been with APS for a little over 10 years and teaching for 7 at East Middle School.  She enjoys engaging students and staff in personalized, blended learning opportunities.  Click here to connect with her on our district's G+.

Just received your first set of classroom Chromebooks?  Do you want to know how to make sure this is a terrific experience rather than a disaster?  The difference between the two experiences comes down to; 1) how you set up of the Chromebooks, and 2) classroom procedures implemented. 
If Chromebooks and cart are set up correctly, it should be smooth sailing when it comes to storing and using the Chromebooks.  A key feature in the set up process is ensuring that both the Chromebooks and accompanying storage areas are clearly marked and numbered.  

Once you have the set up taken care of, an essential next step is to establish classroom procedures.  Some possible classroom procedures to think about include tracking of student Chromebook use, the way students will retrieve and put away Chromebooks, and organization of student user names and passwords.  Although it may seem redundant, having students practice retrieving and putting away the Chromebooks until it is done with 100% accuracy will prevent major headaches for you in the future.

More detailed information can be found in the following Prezi:

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