Chromebooks Used to Bring Smiles to Children’s Faces

In November 2019, Brunswick County Public Schools celebrated their first one-to-one school, Totaro Elementary. Now, with newly deployed Chromebooks at a second elementary school, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, students are enjoying their digital activities, too. Recently, as a labor of love, third grade students enjoyed sharing love and hope to others after designing Valentine’s Day cards for children at the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. While this brought smiles to the students of Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary School, it also provided a way to spread that love and hope to other children outside their own community.

GoGuardian Software Gives Power Back to Teachers

Twenty-four SVRTC members gathered on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 for the SVRTC meeting at Nottoway High School. They represented 14 SVRTC school divisions (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward).

During the meeting, members heard from Ryan Lasley with GoGuardian, an educational technology company that offers software solutions that keep students safer online and engaged in learning. Lasley presented virtually from California on how GoGuardian’s software can monitor and filter what a student can access on the internet while also providing an opportunity for classroom management. The software allows teachers to view student activity and have control over devices used in the classroom. Mr. Lasley answered questions from members that included bandwidth usage, various packages, and pricing for the consortium.

Several SVRTC divisions reported that they currently use GoGuardian software to provide various needs (e.g., take- device management, pushing URLs out to student’s browser tabs). More information can be found on GoGuardian’s website.

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