Bucyrus Middle School launches One-to-One technology program

The start of the new school year at Bucyrus Middle School marked the beginning of the school’s first One-to-One technology program. Students in grades six through eight have been using Chromebooks in their classes since the first day of the 2018-2019 school year.

When students arrive each morning, they pick up their devices from their ninth period class. The devices are utilized in all their classes throughout the day, and then returned to the technology carts.

“The only time students are not allowed to have their devices is during lunch,” Secondary School Associate Principal Jay Dennison said. “Our students are being very responsible in the care of the computers so far this school year.”

Access to Chromebooks has been available for several years at BMS, but the devices had to be signed out through the library or shared with a grade level team. This made scheduling often very difficult.

“Students were excited and interested to see how this would impact the different classes,” Language Arts teacher Amy Plumley said. “A few were a little apprehensive because they felt it was a big responsibility and didn’t want anything to happen to their computer.”

Students are constantly doing activities that either require or would be enhanced by computers in Plumley’s classes.

“This program has made the idea of doing research or typing essays much easier since we do not have to sign up for carts or library time,” Plumley said. “It also has allowed me to incorporate other programs into my classroom.”

BMS Math teacher Matt Makeever has experienced an increase in students’ engagement with the material. He believes the improved engagement is because the students appreciate the increased use of online materials.

“I have been able to alter instruction in the classroom,” Makeever said, “and teach using many online games that students enjoy like Kahoot.”

The daily use of computers allows for increased educational opportunities for Bucyrus students. It also keeps them up to date with the pace of the world around them.

“The world works around technology, and while I remember a time when we only used computers as word processors, these kids know it as a way of life,” Plumley said. “I think this will help prepare Bucyrus students for their lives after high school.”