Bloomington Schools transform learning with the help of G Suite and Chromebooks
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 program, and other teachers were encouraged to use it. The momentum grew organically, and soon BPS recognized 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, secondary technology coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools
After the adoption of G Suite for Education, BPS transitioned toward 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 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, technology project coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools
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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