The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District was among seven educational organizations featured in “The Keyword,” a national blog focusing on successful use of Chromebooks and Google tools for education. The seven organizations are included among a number of “Impact Portraits,” developed during a 16-month investigation by the Evergreen Education Group.
The Evergreen Education Group discussed educational strategies and tools with more than 100 school leaders from six countries to develop the case studies. Each study included key factors that helped schools and students flourish when adopting technology for the classroom, including planning, professional learning, patience and support.
The June 2017 blog featured Lee’s Summit R-7’s move to one-to-one student Chromebooks. During August 2015, the local district gave a Chromebook to each of its approximately 17,500 students from kindergarten through senior high school. Known as Connect2Learn, the one-to-one program has increased learning opportunities for students and leveled the playing field for students from a variety of family incomes.
The students use the Chromebooks at school, at home or wherever a WiFi hotspot is available. District staff members have been working with internet providers to help families obtain low cost internet service. Lee’s Summit R-7 also maintains a website mapping businesses that support R-7 students by offering free internet hotspots.
By providing each student the Chromebooks, students have the opportunity for more personalized and more innovative learning experiences. Staff members, students and families have all been enthusiastic about the move to one-to-one digital devices.
In addition, Lee’s Summit R-7 used BrightBytes CASE exams to measure results from the one-to-one implementation. These exams showed increased in all four measures of the test after Connect2Learn’s first year. The test measures classroom, access, skills and environment.