Future Ready 21 cohort is in its first fulfillment stage and is quickly
changing the way students learn. The goal of the cohort is to place a device in
the hands of every Klein ISD student in grades 3-8, and a ratio of one
device for every two Kindergarten through second grade students over the next
five years. With the implementation of Future Ready 21 in full swing, the
program is now being introduced throughout the nine intermediate campuses.
school year, Kleb, Schindewolf, Ulrich, and Wunderlich Intermediates received
their Lenovo Chromebooks. In the 2017-2018 school year Strack, Doerre,
Hildebrandt, and Klein Intermediate are scheduled to receive their devices.
teachers were more permissive of incorporating devices but the official rollout
has been much better because it creates consistency for all students to have
access,” said Dr. Curtis Simmons, Schindewolf Intermediate principal.
Future Ready 21 rollout has not come without challenges. Schindewolf
Intermediate rolled out 1,585 devices after hours of Google Apps for Education
training and implementing a Chromebook Camp. For Ulrich Intermediate, the
roll-out was a 13-hour day for staff and administration with countless hours of
prep work to ensure all 1,620 computers were allocated to students and staff.
think the cohort is helping our students think in terms of personal
responsibility in a way we haven’t seen before,” said Trevor Wooley, 7th grade
assistant principal at Ulrich. “I think it is forcing our adults to get beyond
the educational “box” that has been at the heart of education for so long. In
both cases, moving beyond the “comfort zone” has been both a challenge and a
blessing that is taking us to some very cool new places.”
the rollout, communication between students and teachers has improved. The
Chromebooks allow for instantaneous feedback through the use of Google tools.
level of student engagement has gone up since the Chromebook arrival,” said Dr.
Simmons. “Students are writing more. Whereas they may have fought to write out
a few thoughts on paper, they are very willing to type their answers. It’s
amazing that a keyboard could have such an impact.”
devices have brought about big change in terms of how students are learning and
engaging. The Chromebooks are used for email, intervention schedule delivery,
and assigning classwork/homework. In addition, teachers can facilitate
research, work cross-curricular with other departments, record lessons for
substitutes, and participate in digital conferencing.
see the classroom becoming the world,” said Wooley. “By being able to
collaborate with specialists and students from around the world, we’re opening
the door to instruction limited only by imagination.”