Chromebooks and iPads Open New Opportunities for Tempe Elementary Students
Waves of excited cheers have been coming from several Tempe Elementary schools in the last month.
On February 6, students began receiving new Chromebooks and iPads as part of the District’s new 1:1 Access Rollout, which will give every elementary student in the District their own assigned device. By the end of next school year, kindergarteners in the District will receive a brand new iPad and every first- through fifth-grader will receive a Chromebook.
Superintendent Christine Busch shared that this project is about giving students access for when they need to have technology infused into instruction, not about having all their learning on a screen every day.
“We’re still going to have real books, and we’re still going to have reading and writing,” Busch shared. “But we’re going to infuse 1:1 access to technology throughout the instructional day so that we can explore the world and dream the things we have yet to dream.”
School Support and Systems Director Cindy Denton shared that Tempe Elementary is fortunate because there has always been rich technology in the classroom. This initiative gives Tempe Elementary the chance to take it to the next level.
“Technology is a huge expanse into what we’re going to be doing in the future, and our kids are going to need a lot of exposure to that,” said Aguilar Elementary Third-Grade Teacher Justin Wong. “A lot of interactive material is on that technology and I really want my kids to be exposed to that, so we’re excited to get this going.”
Tempe Elementary middle schoolers already have their own devices, and are currently implementing technology into their learning as well.
“This is probably one of the most exciting projects that Tempe Elementary has ever done, and we’re able to do it because of the generosity of our voters and our amazing parents and community that believe our students should have whatever they need to be successful in learning and in life,” Busch said.
Hugs and cheers erupted from the classrooms as one by one, carts filled with the new devices were rolled in. Teachers and students alike said that it felt like Christmas morning.
“We want to make sure every single student from Tempe Elementary has that access to technology and has an opportunity for their future,” said Tech Integration Specialist Cindy Inman.
This project was a joint effort between Tempe Elementary’s Tech Cadre, Technology Integration Coaches, Tech Specialists, and School Support and Systems team. Countless hours of work went into developing support and training for teachers to be able to successfully implement the new technology in their teaching.
The 1:1 Access Rollout is expected to be completed by the end of next school year.
Thank you to our community, our parents, and our Tempe Elementary family, past and present, for dreaming that anything is possible, and for their willingness to support student learning through innovation.