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Holyoke Public Schools educators and students are in for a pleasant surprise when they return to school this year – their bulky desktop computers will be replaced with new, light-weight laptops. The district will be distributing 520 HP laptops for teachers and counselors, and 1,500 Chromebooks for students.  This new, grant-funded technology, will be deployed prior to the start of school.

“As part of our turnaround efforts, we are committed to ensuring that our teachers and students have access to technology tools that can support and accelerate student learning,” explained Holyoke Public Schools Receiver Dr. Stephen Zrike.  “These tools will allow for more personalized learning, increased access to information and content, and additional collaboration with our district’s shift to Google Apps for Education.  We are committed to offering our students a 21st century learning experience that prepares them for the competitive world of college and career.”  

This summer, Holyoke Public Schools transitioned to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and has offered professional development for its teachers and staff as part of this initiative. All tools, or applications, are accessible via Google Chrome, on the internet through GAFE. Files are saved on the internet in Google Drive, a free, cloud format with unlimited storage capacity. Email, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and websites can all be created using GAFE. This infrastructure allows easy access and production, file sharing, and collaboration.   With Chromebook technology, there is no need to install and regularly update software. To support this initiative, Holyoke Public Schools recently upgraded the wireless network throughout the district. This effort was also supported by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse who was able to secure $50,000 in grant funding.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse stated, “I am excited to see our educators and students receiving the technology they need in order to succeed and learn. In this age of technology, it is important for the youth and teachers of Holyoke to have all of the tools and resources available for them to write, research, and create. I’d like to thank Dr. Zrike and his staff for putting in the time and effort to apply for this grant as well as Google for supplying the software and supporting this initiative”.


Posted on August 10, 2016 by