Using Google Chromebooks & Apps for Education to Help Close the Digital Divide
5/2/2014 By: Tech & Learning Staff
In this webinar, you’ll hear from Val Verde Unified School District, a rural district with 22 schools (and growing) spread out among Moreno Valley, outside of LA. The district aims to close the digital divide and provide a high quality education for all students to ensure their academic success and beyond.
Val Verde decided to adopt Google Apps, helping facilitate collaboration and real-time feedback among their 20,000 students. The district purchased 6,000 Chromebooks for students to use in the classroom and have had a phased approach to ensure they can scale in a sustainable fashion. Most recently, they used Chromebooks for the upcoming Smarter Balanced AIR assessments with much success.
Don’t miss this one-hour event to get details on the district’s:
- Process for integrating instructional tools
- Criteria for selecting a hardware platform
- Preparation for online standardized assessments (Smarter Balanced’s Air assessment)
- Professional development program
- Plan for project-based learning and driving self-directed learning
- Early results showing a narrowing of the achievement gap
Get a step-by-step plan on how to best use Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education to achieve your district’s academic goals. Register today!
Phil Harding, Technology Integration Specialist, CCTO, Val Verde Unified School District
Phil is a lifetime journeyman in the uses of educational technology with students and teachers in the Val Verde Unified School District. He has spent 26 years teaching from fifth grade to secondary and serving as the Technology Integration Specialist in the IT Department. He raised ~$12M in funds from state, federal and corporate grants for technology to be used by students and teachers in the classroom. Phil has a degree from Ball State University and two Masters from Azusa Pacific University, including one in Educational Technology. He received his teaching certificate from UC Riverside and has a CETPA Chief Technology Officer certification. He enjoys helping his teachers become 10X thinkers and making an impact on learning.
Cassi Caputo, Google for Education Team, Google
Cassi is the Education Representative for the West and Southwest region of the US. She has been on the Google in Education team since 2011. Cassi enjoys helping schools introduce affordable and sustainable technology to the classroom. Cassi graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Business Marketing.