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News: Friday, July 6th, 2018

Bring Your Own Chromebook Program

Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle School is excited to introduce the Bring Your Own Chromebook program to select Pods in our school next year. It is our hope that most, if not all, students in these Pods will be able to participate in our pilot program. In the 2017-2018 school year, a number of Middle Schools in Abbotsford initiated a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. The feedback from parents and teachers in these schools has been very positive. This program provides students the opportunity, at the teacher’s discretion and with parent support, to use personal chromebooks for learning in the classroom. We believe that the use of digital technologies to improve student learning is a key part in being an innovative school that prepares students for lifelong learning.

Bring Your Own Chromebook Benefits

  • improved access to online resources and digital tools
  • enhanced opportunities to learn appropriate digital communication and citizenship skills
  • additional opportunities to create digital projects
  • access to assistive technology
  • ability to collaborate during class time on digital presentations and documents
  • improved ability for assignment revision

Device Recommendations

We strongly recommend a Chromebook for the following reasons:

  • Inexpensive (typically $300-$400)
  • Less than 10 second boot time eliminating wait times at the start of class
  • Full school day battery life (8+ hours)
  • Portable (typically 2.5 lbs, 0.7 inches thin, 11.6 inch display)
  • Full-size integrated keyboard for rigorous academic content creation
  • Updates occur regularly and quickly
  • No antivirus required
  • Less troubleshooting needed (no software management issues)
  • Apps and bookmarks can be easily deployed
  • Chromebooks emphasize the web as a learning platform

More information will be shared early in the new school year!