Technology in classrooms

Students use various devices in the classroom.

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, every Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD student in second through 12th grades will be issued a Chromebook, completing the final phase of the district’s technology plan.

During a recent school board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 2,800 Chromebooks and 90 storage carts. According to a staff memo, the purchase will help the district further its goal to develop new and improved digital learning practices and to design new structures for classroom instruction that support a mobile device-equipped classroom.

“Our students start out using mobile devices and are consumers. We want them to be creators,” said Cathy Webb, chief officer of data and technology. “By giving each child their own individual device, we can see that happening.”

Webb said both she and Superintendent John Chapman have sat in on classrooms where students are using iPads and other devices. She said the students can be seen collaborating with each other and talking about projects.

“That is what's going to benefit them in the future,” Webb said.

The trustees also agreed the new technology would be a benefit to students.

“The things our kids are doing with the technology in the classroom … is really amazing,” said Trustee Tara Hrbacek.

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