Middle schools kick off 1:1 pilot

Garland ISD middle schoolers are now experiencing the benefits of digitally enhanced classrooms. A fulfillment of the 2014 bond program, the Chromebook Ready 1:1 Pilot began impacting students districtwide in December. A total of 146 middle school teachers at all 12 campuses, as well as the GISD Alternative Education Center, are piloting the cart-based program.

“Every pilot teacher has a class set of Chromebooks to accommodate every student,” said Middle School Technology Coordinator Brian CdeBaca. “Chromebooks will allow students to collaborate and communicate with others while working on assignments, projects and various classroom-related activities.”

An earlier trial period, teacher feedback and cost evaluation led the district to select Chromebooks as the middle school 1:1 tool. 

“One of the resounding responses received from teachers about device features was the need for students to have access to a keyboard,” CdeBaca explained. “After considering all the feedback and evaluating sustainability costs, Chromebooks provided the district with an effective and useful instructional resource for middle schoolers.” 

This pilot will continue through the end of the school year and lay the foundation for a full-scale cart deployment in 2018-19. Learn more at www.garlandisd.net/ready1to1.