As we prepare for the next school year, we are excited to inform you of Tift County School Systems new technology initiative. Beginning in the next school year, Chromebooks will be checked out to each student in grades 9-12 for use at school and home. A Chromebook is a laptop device that connects directly to the Internet and uses Cloud resources, allowing students to access a vast amount of information outside of the classroom.
Many districts throughout the state and country have implemented a 1:1 technology (one device per student) with much success, and we are excited to join this initiative. We are confident that Tift County students and teachers will benefit tremendously from this program. As with all new programs, concerns from students, parents, and teachers may arise, but we are confident we can work through these concerns to ensure success with the technology.
Tift County’s vision is to graduate students that are prepared to achieve lifelong goals and to contribute successfully to society. To accomplish this, students’ technology and communication skills must exceed those of previous students. The implementation of this initiative is designed to increase student engagement, extend the learning environment beyond the school walls, and prepare students to be successful in the 21st century. Teaching and learning are still the most important aspects of the classroom; however, the use of the Chromebook will greatly enhance activities, communication, and collaboration in the classroom among teachers and students.
Providing students with this device will allow access to the Internet and school work while students are away from school as well as providing all students access to technology during the school day. Devices will have content filters that are active any time the device is in use. These filters ensure that the content accessed online by students align with Federal and State guidelines for Internet use in school and coincide with the Children’s Internet Protection Act.
Parents and students will be required to attend a meeting to discuss the procedures and responsibilities for the use of the Chromebooks and to sign a technology agreement before the Chromebook will be checked out to the student. Meetings have been scheduled and the attendance of parents and students is mandatory. Devices will be distributed on schedule pick-up days at each school. Dates for meetings and distribution of devices are below.
Students will begin using devices the first day of school. Devices need to be in hand by then and students need to be familiar with how the device works. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Belinda Coleman at email@example.com or call the school at 387-2475.
Informational Meetings: Each grade level has been divided into two sessions by last name. If you are unable to attend your scheduled meeting, there will be two extra meetings that you may attend before school begins.
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. (A-L) & 7:00 p.m. (M-Z) - 12th grade @ TCHS PAC
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. (A-L) & 7:00 p.m. (M-Z) - 11th grade @ TCHS PAC
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. (A-L) & 7:00 p.m. (M-Z) - 10th grade @ TCHS PAC
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:30 p.m. (A-L) & 7:00 p.m. (M-Z) - 9th grade @ NEC Commons
Friday, July 21, 2017 - 8:30 a.m. - extra meeting for all grades @ TCHS Media Center
Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. - extra meeting for all grades @ TCHS Media Center
Distribution of Devices: Report to your school to pick up device from the media center. All forms must be signed and returned before the device will be given to a student/parent.
TCHS - Monday, July 24, 2017 during Schedule Pick-up
NEC - Wednesday, July 26, 2017 during Schedule Pick-up