Cooperstown Central School administrators, teachers and staff kicked off the school year a little sooner than the students by attending superintendent conference days, which were held Tuesday and Wednesday.
The first day began with a gathering in the middle/high school auditorium before teachers and staff participated in professional development activities.The assembly served as a welcome back for returning employees, an introduction of new hires and a look forward to what is to come during the 2013-14 school year.
Superintendent C.J. Hebert made a couple announcements: The first pertaining to technology in the classroom and the second was a presentation of signatures that will help the district market itself better.
Hebert said a local foundation, which requested to remain anonymous, has taken a particular interest in CCS students and their access to 21st century learning modalities.
“All students in grades nine and 10 will be equipped with Google Chromebooks as a result of this generous sponsorship,” he said. “All teachers in the secondary building will also be provided with the Chromebooks to make sure we are all competent with the technology as the implementation progresses.”
According to Hebert, all high school students will eventually have access to Chromebooks.
Michelle Hitchcock, media specialist, said the district has been using Google apps for a couple of years so the familiarity of them continues to grow. She said the apps will allow teachers and staff to create calendars that can be shared district wide, teaching plans, class websites and much more. Students will also be able to use the technology to share projects with their teachers, create portfolios and participate in classroom forums, she added.
“We will have the capacity to share documents. For example, the library passwords, I’m going to put them all on Google Docs. Any person with access to Google Docs (through a student or staff email) will have access to my passwords wherever they are,” Hitchcock explained.