Now the playing field is levelled for all of my students. They have the opportunity to learn basic technology skills – such as typing, email etiquette and Internet research – that they'll need to succeed at university and in the workplace.
WSESU needed a technology solution that didn't need to be backed up manually and that could scale as WSESU expanded. The union's goal was to increase collaboration using technology and introduce a one-to-one model without the financial or technical burden.
In 2012, WSESU piloted Chromebooks with fifth and sixth graders (aged 10-12) at one school. The next school year, students in grades 5-8 (aged 10-14) at two schools received Chromebooks, and the following year, every student in grades 3-11 (aged 8-17) had access to Chromebooks. The one-to-one programme not only empowers students to learn at any time and anywhere, it also supports WSESU's mission to provide equal education to all students by providing them with digital learning resources.