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7th Grade Students Receive Chromebooks through K-64 Initiative

K-64 Chromebook Deployment

On Monday, January 25th, 7th grade students at Newton-Conover Middle School each received a new tool to use in the classroom: a brand new Chromebook.

K-64 Chromebook Deployment

Chromebooks, or cloud-based devices which are similar to laptops but operate on the Google Chrome Operating System, are a valuable tool for teachers looking to effectively integrate digital learning practices in their classroom.  Students and their parents spent Monday evening learning about ensuring the safety of and caring for their new Chromebooks, as well as about how and why personalized digital learning is important from Newton-Conover City Schools’ Technology department.

With Chromebooks, students are able to use a wide variety of cloud-based digital tools, such as the Google Suite of Tools (Docs, Slides, etc.) and Canvas Learning Management System, N-CCS’ hybrid teaching and learning platform.  The 7th grade team of teachers spent several weeks in training on best practices for digital learning to prepare for the launch of the devices this January.

The Chromebook distribution to 7th grade students is a part of a county-wide pilot program sponsored by K-64, an economic development initiative of Catawba County.  Each 7th grade student in the county received a Chromebook in support of K-64’s One-to-World pillar, which is focused on placing devices in the hands of every student in the county to connect and globalize their learning. You can learn more about K-64 and the six pillars of the initiative at 

For more information on technology and digital learning in Newton-Conover City Schools, please reach out to Mrs. Cindy Geddes, Director of Technology and Accountability at 828-464-3191.


K-64 Chromebook Deployment

K-64 Chromebook Deployment



Press Contact:

James Frye

Public Information Officer


*Credit for two photos to Robert Reed, Hickory Daily Record

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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