Chromebook Deployment in Southside Virginia

Student typing on computer.

During the January SVRTC meeting, members from seventeen SVRTC school divisions (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Danville, Franklin City, Halifax, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Petersburg, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Prince George and Sussex), with a total of twenty-nine professions were present to learn how Danville City schools distributed Chromebooks to their students. 

Cori Sowers, Lead Instructional Technology Resource Teacher at Danville Public Schools, shared how they started the process in 2016 with parent/student sessions to discuss Do’s and Don’ts with the Chromebooks.  She also discussed student/parent responsibility and the equipment agreement and equipment use policy and the district’s policy on fees in case of damaged devices. Her presentation included the Google Sheets used to keep the deployment of devices organized across the personnel involved in deployment, technical support and damages, as well as the collection of devices. Here is a link to her presentation, “1:1 Chromebook Deployment”.  The presentation also includes blank organizational templates for others to copy and use.

STEAM Night and Computer Science in Virginia

30+ people sitting in chairs facing a projection screen.
Attendees listen to the presenters as they learned about what made Nottoway’s STEAM night successful.

There was a great turn-out at the November SVRTC meeting that included thirty-six members from sixteen SVRTC school divisions (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland. Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania, and Prince Edward). 

Members learned from Nottoway Public School educators, Annah Bowen and Judy Deichman, as they presented on the planning and implementation of a free STEAM Night event that attracted over 450 students and had an estimated attendance of over 1,000 participants.   Students and their families were able to visit over twenty stations that included drones, virtual reality, a LEGO wall, Bluebots, a Dome Theater, and many others.  They suggested their community outreach and partnerships with local businesses helped make the night a success.

Adults facing a screen in a dim room.

A second presenter, Megan Graybill from Salem County Public Schools, provided members with an overview how her county was addressing the new computer science standards.  Time was spent discussing the computer science standards and how they can be correlated to activities and content that are already being taught in the classroom.

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