BLADE laptop deployment almost finished in city

By SARALYN NORKUS saralyn.norkus@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 5/23/17

Cleveland City Schools’ laptop deployment with the Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement Project has almost been 100 percent rolled out.

Teachers began receiving their new Apple MacBook …

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BLADE laptop deployment almost finished in city

ARNOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL teachers Tara Pollard, front, Amanda Ellis, center, and Kellie Guinn, back, work on setting up their new Apple MacBook Air laptops.
ARNOLD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL teachers Tara Pollard, front, Amanda Ellis, center, and Kellie Guinn, back, work on setting up their new Apple MacBook Air laptops.
Banner photo, SARALYN NORKUS
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Cleveland City Schools’ laptop deployment with the Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement Project has almost been 100 percent rolled out.

Teachers began receiving their new Apple MacBook Air laptops last week, and by Thursday, Cleveland High School teachers will receive theirs, thus finishing the deployment.

BLADE is the school system’s 1:1 device initiative for both staff and students, which will “help foster an innovative culture that brings together the best methods and practices of teaching with current technologies to promote new and relevant learning opportunities for students.”

“The BLADE Project will allow our teachers to personalize learning to the individual student. In no way will a technology device ever replace a teacher, but the idea is to provide the teacher will the tools necessary to continue with innovative practices in the classroom,” said Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer.

“In reality, our students are already living in a digital world. Our job is to harness that digital world, and help our students to be positive digital citizens.”

Students will be receiving Google Chromebooks, beginning at the middle school level in January 2018. Ultimately, every single CCS student will have a Chromebook for classroom and home use.

“The BLADE Project is all about giving teachers and students the tools they need to accomplish the educational goals of Cleveland City Schools,” said Andrew Phillips, BLADE Project coordinator and director of technology.

“With new Apple laptops for teachers, Chromebooks for students, and software tools that personalize learning, the BLADE Project will prepare our students for life after graduation.”

Teachers at Arnold Memorial Elementary School received their MacBooks on Monday afternoon.

Principal Mike Chai, who was a part of the BLADE team, is excited about the rollout, but is also looking forward to the training portion.

“It’s a lot of fun to see this finally happen, because you start with an idea, and you have great ideas, but you think about implementation and the steps that we have to go through to make sure it’s effective,” Chai explained.

“We came into this project very early understanding that we can give the teachers great things, but it isn’t going to matter if we don’t train them. What I’m very excited for is the training that will happen in the fall, where the teachers will actually learn how to use them to deliver instruction and get students involved in education.”

During the summer, representatives from each school will be trained by Apple professionals, and then will provide professional development for their colleagues during the August in-service days.

The laptops used in the BLADE Project are being leased for three years, which helps ensure that teachers and students will be using updated technology in and out of the classroom.

“I’m really excited, especially about the fact that we’re going to get new ones every three years, because in the past, we’ve had the same technology that we’re using over and over for long periods of time,” said Arnold kindergarten teacher Kellie Guinn.

“With the 1:1 initiative I really feel like we’ll be able to keep up with the trends in education and be able to help our students do the very best that they can in the world as it is today — they have to know about technology and so do we.”

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