Expanded Technology Coming to MCPS Classrooms
Beginning this fall, students in Grades 3, 5 and 6, as well as high school social studies classes will begin using the new technologies. The program will expand to other grades in later years.
As the plan is rolled out, students in Grades 3 through 12 will primarily use Chromebook laptops, while students in kindergarten through Grade 2 will use Android-based tablets. The initiative will use Google Apps for Education as the secure, cloud-based platform that will provide students and teachers with a wide array of tools and web-based communication and collaboration applications.
MCPS staff and students will be assigned secure accounts that will be monitored and can be used only for educational purposes. MCPS is working with Google to create a closed, secure environment that will fully comply with MCPS privacy standards and federal regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
For the coming school year, the devices will first be provided to students in 67 schools that are part of the district’s Technology Modernization—or Tech Mod—program in the capital budget. The remaining schools will receive the devices throughout the year. During the 2014–2015 school year, 30,000 devices will be provided to elementary and middle schools for use by students in Grades 3, 5, and 6, and 10,000 devices will be provided to high schools for use in social studies classes.