Technology director Mark Outten readies thousands of Chromebooks for Orange County’s new school year | Orange County Review

For months, long before the pandemic, Mark Outten, director of technology for the Orange County Public Schools, had been preparing to assign a Chromebook to every student at Orange County High School and both middle schools. High school students would take their machines home at night, and middle-schoolers would carry theirs around during the school day.

The massive project required an inventory of Chromebooks students already were using in the schools, purchase of additional laptops and a system for assigning machines to individual students. According to Outten, the goal was to have everything in place by the beginning of the