2016-03-27 / Front Page

Chrome creates connectivity in the classroom

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


CHROME IS COOL – Students in Julie Sadilek’s sixth hour eighth grade English class use Chromebooks to work on their reading comprehension skills. Pictured here, front to back, are Eve Griffin, Lily Cooper and Luke Sampson. 
(TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) CHROME IS COOL – Students in Julie Sadilek’s sixth hour eighth grade English class use Chromebooks to work on their reading comprehension skills. Pictured here, front to back, are Eve Griffin, Lily Cooper and Luke Sampson. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) CHESANING – Chesaning Middle School introduced Chromebooks to the classroom during the 2014-15 school year. Since then, teachers have integrated them into lessons, utilizing them in a variety of ways.

Eighth grade English language arts teacher/English curriculum associate Julie Sadilek said, “The biggest advantage to using Chromebooks is that our students are more engaged. Today’s youth were almost born with some type of technology in their hands. The students love working on the Chromebooks. As a teacher, I can essentially create a paperless classroom. Assignments are given to students in Google Classroom and they hand them in via Google Classroom as well-everything is online.”

She explained that all of her classes are set up with Chromebooks. Students log in to their individual class to view assignments and activities associated with them.

“I can embed educational videos for them to watch, reading passages, writing assignments, etc. I teach the lesson and they log in to their Chromebooks for additional resources and to begin their assignments,” she said.

Sadilek explained that she can give them instant feedback from her computer. She can watch them type from her computer and can “chat” back and forth about ways to improve their work or simply to give them positive reinforcement. She believes this immediate feedback enhances learning more than she could do without the Chromebooks.

She can also give what are called ‘Exit Tickets.’ She poses one or two short questions. Students respond on their Chromebooks before they leave class. The answers come back to her in the form of a graph and she knows instantly if she will need to review what they learned the next day.

“We also use the Chromebooks for Study Island. This is a standards-based, online program where the students work on proficiency in all of their subjects,” Sadilek said.

“Our Chromebooks are a resource that enable our staff to integrate technology into the classroom and be creative with our teaching. Students love them and are excited about learning with Chromebooks,” she said.

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