The Marysville School District has begun a one-to-one initiative
during October that will put a Chromebook computer in the hands of more than 5,500 students in
grades 6 through 12. The devices are funded by a technology levy approved by district voters in
2014. “We are thrilled about the limitless learning possibilities using Chromebooks,” said Marysville School
District Superintendent Becky Berg. “With the support of our Marysville and Tulalip communities, we
are investing in the technological tools of today that will help our students become tomorrow’s
The devices, Berg said, will be distributed with hopes of helping the district’s students achieve more
academically, perform better on standardized tests and be in a better position when it comes to
being 21st century learners.
“Technology continues to change rapidly,” Berg said. “We are equipping our students to be active,
contributing citizens in a digital world.”
Preparations for the Chromebook initiative began with last year’s upgrade of the district’s wireless
MSD partnered with a local Marysville company, Advanced Classroom Technologies, to install more
than 60 miles of network cabling. The system went live in March 2015, and now all district facilities
also have Wi-Fi available to the community during non-school hours.
The shift to one-to-one for Marysville is significant for teachers and students alike, said Scott Beebe,
Chief Technology Officer for the district.
“The district’s one-to-one plan involves much more than just distribution of a device to students,”
“We have defined a professional course of study for teachers in our district to provide the
knowledge and skills to take full advantage of connected classrooms and connected students.”
The first group of teachers began the multi-year professional development training in August, and
the next group begins in October.
Staff professional development will focus on learning to design lessons that not only empower and
engage students in compelling work, but also leverage the power of technology to connect people
and ideas, Beebe said.
Students will be allowed to take and use the devices at home following the school day and use them
on home or public Internet connections. Even if they’re used outside of the district, the devices will
have built-in content filtering as required by law.
“We’re making great progress in many areas in this district, and I’m proud of that,” Superintendent
Berg said. “We’ll make needed adjustments along the way, but this initiative is another major step
in making our schools great places for great learning to occur. I am confident we’ll see positive
results for our students.”