In our continued pursuit for a more effective learning environment, the Google Chromebook 1:1 project was launched in 2013-2014. In this pilot project, every student in our Regular Core English program was given a Chromebook as a learning tool. Immediately, teachers saw a difference in the students’ engagement with the course material. Students became more self-directed as they were able to use the Google apps online to help them edit their work. Productivity increased exponentially; students who were once reluctant readers and/or writers on paper found themselves to be more fluid and confident in both their writing and comprehension skills. Essentially, literacy skills improved greatly with the use of Google Chromebooks. Moreover, Chromebooks gave some of our struggling students a sense of motivation towards their learning. For some, this meant a taste of academic success that was never experienced before.
Because we saw significant academic improvement with this pilot group, we decided to expand this 1:1 Chromebook initiative to all of the Secondary 1s coming into the 2014-2015 academic year. Currently our Secondary 3 students, who initially piloted this project, along with all of our Secondary 2 students, are still using Chromebooks in their classrooms. We plan to continue this venture with our current Secondary 1 students with the hope of providing a mobile Chromebook lab for the Secondary 5 students to assist them in their literacy as well.