FHS Implements 1-to-1 Device Initiative


photo provided by Michelle Green

Michelle Green created three teams that were designated to different areas of the building to distribute the devices.

FHS joined Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS1) in its 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative (FCPS1to1) and distributed devices to freshmen through juniors for students to use until they graduate. Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Michelle Green made three teams designated to different areas of FHS in order to distribute devices. “Device distribution went very smoothly,” said Green. “We went room by room, collecting and distributing a device to each student. They were also given information regarding resources [with] a website if they have any questions or need more information regarding their new device.”
Throughout the county, FCPS1 distributed devices to grades 5-12 based on the factors of “ease of use, ease of management, security and affordability.” Instructional Technology Manager Stacy Maier said that the primary goal of FCPS1to1 is to provide all students with the same device. “This would ensure that all students were given the same opportunities to access instructional content to support learning. Utilizing the same device on our network also allows us to stay in compliance with federal laws that ensure we keep student’s data secure and filter inappropriate content for anyone under 18,” said Maier. “One standard device will help us better support our learning and instructional goals.”
Devices were purchased through federal, state and county level funding. The technology package included a Chromebook, a charging cord and protective case. After receiving the new Chromebook, students turned in Chromebooks if they had received one previously in the year. Students will be responsible for the care of their computers and any activities engaged in on the computer.
Junior Izzy Kendrick said that even though her personal computer works just as well, the Chromebook is nice to have for schoolwork. “I like the school computers because it only has my school account and not my personal. I have only used it for school work,” said Kendrick. “I feel that it’s nice to have our schoolwork organized on Google Classroom to know what we have due.”
Maier said incorporating technology into the curriculum will provide access to additional resources to enhance student education. “Students will be able to work independently, collaboratively, synchronously and asynchronously more efficiently,” said Maier. “Students will now have access to research, create and produce their own projects more in line with what employers and universities expect. Students can have technology experiences to better prepare them for future learning and employment.”