Technology Director Report
To: Michael Green
From: Steve Rippl
Date: February 21, 2017
Subject: Tech Dept Executive Summary
We’ve finally ordered the new Chromebook carts for the middle and intermediate schools that they have been waiting on. The District had offered to pay 50% towards new carts and the buildings were raring to go, but we held off because Dell was bringing out a new model of their student Chromebook, that wasn’t released until last week. By holding off we’ve guaranteed ourselves at least 2 extra years of software update support on them, important for extending their useful lifetimes. Apparently, they shipped immediately, so I am feeling more confident about my promise to have them ready no later than the return from Spring Break! They will, of course, be useful for our testing, but teachers are also making more and more use of them and have been requesting extra carts.
The primary school is holding off just for a bit as they decide on the merits of new touch screen options on Chromebooks. These are more expensive, but in combination with the ability to run android app on Chromebooks (which you can now do) they offer some new, though unexplored, potential.
Not everything is smooth sailing when it comes to Chromebooks and State