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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BLADE laptop deployment almost finished in city | Cleveland Daily Banner

Photo: Saralyn Norkus
"Cleveland City Schools’ laptop deployment with the Blended Learning and Digital Enhancement Project has almost been 100 percent rolled out" says Saralyn Norkus, Education/nonprofit reporter at Cleveland Daily Banner.

A TABLE FILLED with Apple MacBook Air laptops awaited teachers as they filed into the Arnold Memorial Auditorium on Monday afternoon.
Photo: Saralyn Norkus

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.

Source: Cleveland Daily Banner