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Ridgewood to Distribute Chromebooks to Students in 2014-15 School Year

1:1 Computer Device Initiative will be funded by the Ridgewood Education Foundation.

Starting next school year, students at Ridgewood High School will be issued a Chromebook laptop as part of an initiative that district officials say will help students be more prepared to live and work in the 21st Century.

Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein recently released some preliminary details of the Chromebook distribution in a letter home to parents. The laptops will be given out first to high schoolers, then to middle schoolers, as part of the district's implementation if its "1:1 Computer Device Initiative," Fishbein said. The district will also be increasing the use of Chromebooks at the elementary level. 

The netbook distribution is supported financially by a technology grant from the Ridgewood Education Foundation.

"I am very honored that the Foundation is partnering with the Board of Education in this endeavor," Fishbein said in the note. He called the 1:1 initiative "an important step toward developing a 21st Century approach toward curriculum, teaching, and learning."

Students will be using the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) suite and Google Drive, all of which will be managed by the district. Teachers have already started to receive  training on how to use the apps, and some have implemented them in the classroom this year. 

The district has also purchased carts and grade-level training on the apps to help students get used to using them in an academic setting next fall.

Fishbein said he will continue to distribute information about the Chromebooks to the community over the next several months. 
RdgwdGRock May 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM
not my problem if you are not a good provider for your family, and you choose to rely on public assistance.
JAFO May 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Typical snob response. Way to perpetuate the Ridgewood stereotype. You stay classy RdgwdGRock
RdgwdGRock May 16, 2014 at 12:52 PM
you are the snob; probably the type who is low-brow and wants it all for free; you should move to Trenton. Stay Sassy!
JAFO May 16, 2014 at 04:21 PM
It sounds like you're saying "I know you are but what am I. I know you are but what am I... ". Too funny.
Willard May 27, 2014 at 06:42 PM
As much as I disagree with our BOE on a lot of issues, this is a good thing. Chromebooks are $200 each and we are not beholden to Microsoft or Apple and the ridiculous licensing fees for the OS or software like Office.

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