JUSD deploys Chromebooks on schedule
Computer labs are out. Chromebooks are in.
As of Aug. 30, every Jurupa USD student in grades 2-12 has received a Chromebook for personalized academic use at school and at home, which allows the opportunity for 24/7 anytime learning.
The 15,968 devices are part of the district's Digital Gateway initiative, which provides equal access to 21st century education for all students, especially those in underserved populations. Each JUSD Chromebook is filtered and monitored to help ensure students' safety.
Digital Gateway is funded by short-term financing proceeds from Measure EE, the facilities bond that district voters approved in November 2014. The bond costs related to the Chromebooks will be fully paid during the life of the devices.
Integrating technology into instruction supports both the new California Standards and student testing via the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
In conjunction with the rollout, the Education Information Technology Department has provided extensive training for staff and students on the Chromebooks, Google Apps for Education, Haiku and more.
Teachers say the new computers save time, pique interest, enhance creativity, foster teamwork, and help equip students for jobs in a globalized digital world.
Joshua Erickson, a teacher at Jurupa Valley High School, said: "The result (of the Chromebooks) is that more students are engaged. And that has made all the difference in my classroom."
For more information, please contact Joshua Lewis, Director of Education-Information Technology, at (951) 360-4185 or firstname.lastname@example.org.