Tech Savvy at QSD

QUE students pose for a photo with their new Google Chromebooks.The creators at Google ask, “Do you inspire tomorrow’s engineers, inventors, and artists? If so,” they say, “You Chromebook.”

Quitman School District chromebooks because they inspire and are inspired by tomorrow’s engineers, inventors, and artists today. Federal Programs Director Dr. Minnie Dace explains,

“One of our district goals is to increase technology so that our kids are up to par and able to compete. We have to provide the resources so these kids know how to compete in the technological world. Everything in the world is so tech savvy. Our children’s education needs to be.”

Thanks to the work of Dr. Dace, QSD Technology Director John Korzenko, and QSD Technology experts Matt Champion and Antwan Boykin, 973 Chromebooks have been added to the classrooms of Quitman School District.

A teacher and the QSD Tech Department poses with the classroom's Chromebooks.

Each student at Quitman Upper Elementary has daily access to their computer where they can communicate with their teacher, complete their iReady material, play a math game, and check into their virtual classroom.

Korzenko’s twenty-two years of providing service as a technician, network administrator, and the district’s technology director gives him a unique perspective on the new influx of technology. He explains, “This is the third largest technology event to happen in the history of Quitman School District. The first was when we installed network cable to support the introduction of the Internet in every classroom. Before that happened, there was nothing but a single dial-up connection at each school. Then the next huge thing to happen was when we went wireless in every classroom. Now it’s this. We’ve imported more than 2,000 Google accounts. All kindergarten through 12th grade students now have Google accounts. I think this will be the start of technology integration within the classroom itself. This is true technology with teaching and learning. Teachers can interact with their students both on a one to one basis and a group level. We’ve given them another tool.”

Dace adds, “Our students will be more well rounded students when they go into college or work. Nobody is turning in papers at college anymore. They’re emailing them.” 

A QUE student poses with a Chromebook.

With Chromebooks in classrooms and children excited about, “What?” we ask Mrs. Johnson’s fourth grade classroom.

“Typing,” is by far the most popular answer.

A 4th grade student shows us how to check out her Chromebook.

Excited adults like QUE Principal Leah Ivey have been strategizing for this moment and can be seen smiling when she says, “We are thrilled about what this means for our kids. Having a chromebook for each student in our school building means instruction capabilities have just multiplied. Teachers don’t have to sign up to use computers; they are readily available for their entire day. This means students can use the chromebooks for customized iReady instruction in reading and math, accessing practice websites to extend learning online, responding through typing to questions and writing prompts, interacting with other students on projects simultaneously, and so much more. Students have access to the Google Suites for Education. They can respond to their teachers and other classmates. Teachers can send paperless assignments to students directly, and students can submit assignments online. This addition of technology resources will assist QUE in our goal to Climb on!”

More Chromebooks are coming. One of the goals of Federal Programs is to have every school on a 1:1 student to computer ratio. If not the whole district, then at least third through eighth grade.