Devices for Students and Teachers

A team of teachers and administrators work together for selecting the devices. Our team met to determine the key components needed for students and teachers to be empowered with the use of this technology resource.  The following components were determined to be essentials:

What do we want students to do in our classrooms with devices?

  • Write

  • Research

  • Collaborate

  • Participate in Problem Based Learning

  • Read (enlarge text, bookmark, look up vocab, takes notes)

  • Publish (create, record, draw)

  • Access to online learning (websites, field trips, etc)

  • Manage their own learning


 

What do we want teachers to be able to do in their classrooms with devices?

  • Collaborate with other teachers

  • Interact with students

  • Differentiate learning

  • Provide problem based learning

  • Manage and facilitate learning

 
The following criteria were also used to make the device decision:
  • hardware components (solid working device, external wired keyboard, case)
  • durable device 
  • meets requirements for how we want students and teachers to use the device in teaching and learning
  • cost is sustainable
  • manageable for teachers, students, and home use
With this information in mind, our team reviewed and discussed different devices and accompanying software solutions.

Grades 3-8 2015-2016:
A team of teachers, parents, principals, and district staff used the Ultimate Comparison Spreadsheet to help determine the final device. The final choice was the Acer C720P.  

Lincoln Elementary 2014-2015:  
A team researched the following devices - chromebook, Kuno, Amplify, Learnpad, ipad, and Samsung Galaxy
Final choice was the Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

CRMS & HMS 2014-2015:
A team researched the following devices - Dell chromebook, HP chromebook, and Acer chromebook
Final choice was the Dell chromebook.