HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Holyoke Public Schools will be giving new laptops to teachers, counselors and students this upcoming school year.
The Holyoke school district will be giving 520 HP laptops to teachers and counselors and 1,500 Chromebooks to students.
This new, grant-funded technology, will be arranged before the start of the school year.
Holyoke Public Schools transitioned to Google Apps for Education this summer and has offered professional development for its teachers and staff as part of this initiative.
All tools, or applications, are accessible via Google Chrome, on the internet through GAFE. Files are saved on the internet in Google Drive, which is a free, cloud format, with unlimited storage space.
Email, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and websites can all be created using GAFE.
With Chromebook technology, you don’t need to install and regularly update software.
Holyoke Public Schools recently updated the wireless network throughout the district to support this initiative.
Holyoke Mayor, Alex Morse, supported this as well and was able to secure $50,000 in grant funding.