In November, every Northwestern Middle School student was given a Chrome book laptop to use throughout the school day.
“We’ll have better instructional opportunities,” Principal Greg Lehman said. “Because so many things have become electronic, it’s more of the way they’re more comfortable learning.”
Students were each assigned their own personal laptop. Students pick up the laptops in homeroom and return them at the end of each day.
Lehman said the laptops will be used for a variety academic functions including online research, writing papers, vocabulary labs and for various applications already used in many classrooms.
“They’re nice,” eighth-grader Frankie Fulton said. “The fact that we have them all day and have our own to work with – it’ll save a lot of time.”
Eighth-grade language arts teacher Heather Freeborough said it’s nice that the kids can take ownership of their laptops.
Lehman said a lot of work was put into the project by district Technology Manager Sue Lehman and eighth-grade teacher Pat Swick. Every detail of process had to be mapped out, down to adding shelving in all bathrooms so students have easy storage.
Students also have opportunities to use the laptops in convenient ways for classes they may not otherwise have before.
“Students can now use the chrome books as their textbook. The textbooks are online, and the advantages are that they don’t have to carry that huge Algebra 1 book,” eighth-grade math teacher Laurie Fobes said. “There are tutorials that go with the lessons and self-check practice problems.”