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By GAGE OTTO
More than 600 Google Chromebooks were handed out a few weeks ago at Tell City Junior-Senior High School and so far have been a good success and asset to the classroom. If the wireless Internet service at school is working well it certainly seems to make class simpler.
As the Perry County News has reported, board members approved the purchase of the books to ensure all students are on as equal footing as possible when it comes to technology-based learning.
Many students getting accustomed to the Chromebooks are surprised over how much school work that can be done on them.
“Once you get used to typing, it makes it a lot easier to take notes than on paper. It also makes you a lot more organized so you don’t have a bunch of notebooks, so I think it is very beneficial,” said eighth-grader Trent Brauenecker.
For example, teachers can post an in-class assignment onto a student’s gmail account and the students can access it and do the assignment right there on the Chromebook. Once the assignment is complete, the student can share it back with the teacher to be graded.
“What is very beneficial to me is that I can work on a class project with a group of students at the same time but we don’t have to be at the same place,” added junior Garrett Jarboe, who is also using Chromebooks for class projects, notes and for research.
Teachers are also impressed with the new technology.
“We’ve been using Google Docs, which is very helpful for English classes. The students can share and collaborate with each other,” said English teacher Brandy Aubrey. “I email their directions to them every day so if someone is absent they can check to see what they missed in their gmail and I also don’t waste any paper because I can share documents with the students.”
As someone who will soon graduate from high school, I believe this is just the beginning of a new way of how a classroom will work in the future.