“The remote learning experience from last spring taught us that it’s really challenging to provide a remote preschool experience to 3- and 4-year-olds without being able to connect with them,” NREVSD Director of Student Services John Frye said. “And then we discovered that Amazon Fires can host Zoom calls.”
Initially, tablets were introduced to New Richmond Exempted Village School District preschool students in early 2019 to provide additional enrichment opportunities. As a result of the pandemic, however, the tablets have been elevated from an enrichment tool to a tool of productivity.
Overall, New Richmond Schools are nearly 1:1 for technology, according to Technology Director Matthew Prichard said. From preschool through 8th grade New Richmond is at 1:1. At the high school, the district isn’t quite there but is close. Since some students use their own computer, however, the end result is a 1:1 situation, he said.