One to One InitiativeIn 2014 the Manhasset Tower Foundation donated a classroom set of Chromebooks to every Secondary School ELA classroom. This donation greatly increased the time students could devote to the writing process and allowed for more collaborative feedback from teachers through the use of Google Docs and Google Classroom.In 2015 the Tower Foundation made another donation which provided a classroom set of Chromebooks to all sixth grade classrooms throughout the District. In 2016 the District increased the number of Chromebooks to include fifth grade classrooms.In 2017 the District further expanded its Chromebook initiative having carts of Chromebooks shared between third and fourth grades at Munsey Park and Shelter Rock!In 2018 the District updated their model to provide 1 Chromebook cart for every classroom grades 3 - 6 as well as Chromebook carts in every ELA, Social Studies and Science classroom in grades 7 -12.Going forward, a new set of Chromebooks will be placed in every fifth grade classroom allowing last year's fifth grade class sets to be used in sixth grade and last year's sixth grade sent to the Secondary School.
What's a Chromebook?Chromebooks are a class of computer that is browser based meaning that its applications reside on the Internet rather than a local hard drive. Students can connect to their schoolwork through VMWare (click here for more information) or through their school provide Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. GAFE is a suite of free, web-based computer programs available to all schools throughout the world. The three core programs - Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides - are very similar to Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs.Google Classroom is a free web-based platform that integrates Google Apps for Education with other Google services and allows classroom teachers to create secure sites for students to collect and return assignments.Thanks to the great generosity of the Manhasset Tower Foundation, the School District began using GAFE and Google Classroom in the fall of 2015 in conjunction with a roll out of class sets of Chromebooks to all Secondary School English Language Arts classrooms. The Tower Foundation has also funded a second Chromebook rollout for all sixth grade classrooms for the 2016-17 school year.As part of this initiative all students in grades K - 12 now have Manhasset School District Google accounts. Student accounts can be accessed by going to https://classroom.google.com and signing in with the following credentials:User Name: Student District Login Name immediately followed by "@MUFSD.org"Password: manhasset (if first time use).
To read and see how students in Mr. Koondel's 7th grade English classes used Chromebooks in 2015-16, click here.