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Binghamton School District expanding one to one initiative

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton School District is expanding its One to One Initiative, telling 12 News they are looking to provide Google Chromebook computers to all students in grades two through 12 by the end of next year.

“Considering how our technology is evolving most of our generation is going to be probably mostly digital,” said Christina Beacham, a ninth grade student at Binghamton High School.

That’s the whole idea behind the Binghamton City School District’s One to One initiative.

“It began in 2017 with fifth and sixth grade students and we now have third through tenth grade students each with an individual chrome book and the ninth and tenth graders can take them home,” said Erin Thompson-Miller, Director of Education Technology and Innovation for the Binghamton School District.

The goal is to even the playing field in a district that welcomes students from all different backgrounds.

“When you work in a district as diverse as Binghamton you want to make sure that all students have that access whether their homes can provide it to them or not,” Thompson-Miller said.

Students who have the Chromebooks are already seeing the benefits of the new technology.

“When kids play game and it’s like learning games, it gets stuck in their brain so they know it, better than just pen and paper,” said ninth grade student Jaelin Jones.

The Chromebooks providing not only new study tools, but the organizational skills necessary to thrive in an increasingly digital age.

“It used to be can we keep everything in a binder now it’s can we organize our google drive so it’s a different type of organization and there’s still a need to help them learn the organizational habits,” said ninth grade global history teacher, Vaughn Labor.

The One to One initiative making sure that these students have all of the tools they need to succeed in an ever evolving workforce.

“In an environment where we’re trying to prepare them for jobs that don’t exist we want them to have every opportunity to practice and be prepared,” Thompson-Miller said.

The district also announced by the end of next year, Chromebooks will be made available to all students in grades two through 12 with high school students being able to take them home.

 

Jack Arpey

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