Bloomington Schools transform learning with the help of G Suite and Chromebooks

Challenge

In an effort to prepare students for future success, Bloomington Public Schools wanted to reach them all through a sustainable 1:1 environment. BPS also hoped to accelerate learning through differentiated instruction and a broader set of learning resources. In 2009, G Suite for Education was introduced via a pilot programme, and other teachers were encouraged to use it. The momentum grew organically, and soon BPS recognised the need to roll out more technology tools district-wide.

'Part of our rationale for going 1:1 is to level the playing field so that everyone has the same access to tools for learning.'

Sean Beaveron, Bloomington Public Schools, secondary technology coordinator

Solution

After the adoption of G Suite for Education, BPS transitioned towards a 1:1 environment. In 2013, BPS launched a new technology plan using Chromebooks. With 1:1, students are becoming content creators. They are collaborating more. And teachers have reaped the benefits, too, by offering a richer learning experience: some teachers created book blogs using Google Sites, so that students could blog about what they’re reading and share content across sites and even among schools. Chromebooks and G Suite have enabled teachers to offer a more hands-on, flexible approach, and to empower students with tools for learning and collaboration.

'The simplicity means we're getting back teachers' time so they can focus their energy on students.'

Katrina Mezera, Bloomington Public Schools, technology project coordinator

Organisation Profile

The city of Bloomington, just 12 miles south of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is home to a diverse community of students in 19 public schools. The Bloomington Public Schools (BPS) mission is to develop, in all learners, the ability to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible learning models, technology-rich environments and partnerships with local communities, BPA equips students with 21st-century skills and a passion for learning.

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