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Klein News
Future Ready 21 Program in Full Effect
Jan 06 2017 - 04:04:00 pm


The 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.

 

This 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.

 

“Some 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.

 

The 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.  

 

“I 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.”

 

Since the rollout, communication between students and teachers has improved. The Chromebooks allow for instantaneous feedback through the use of Google tools.

 

“The 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.”

 

The 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.

 

“I 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.” 


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