Battle Ground students thrilled to receive Chromebooks

first_imgIt was like textbook check-out day at Pleasant Valley Middle School on Thursday, but this time with a modern twist.One by one at the school library, students checked out their very own Chromebook laptops, stripped-down computers that use Google operating systems and software. The school’s 149 seventh-graders are among the first in Battle Ground Public Schools to pilot the district’s Chromebook rollout.Seventh-graders at Amboy Middle School and Tukes Valley Middle School also received Chromebooks last week, making a total group of 417 students testing the program.The district will eventually put Chromebooks into the hands of every student in third through 12th as a part of its 1:1 computing initiative.“It’s light years past where we were years ago,” said Scott McDaniel, director of technology services for the district.Area districts have been in various phases of rolling out devices to their students for several years. Battle Ground teachers have had shared carts of Chromebooks in their classrooms for students to use, but last week’s transition means students can now take them home to continue working on school projects.Vancouver Public Schools is slated to finish checking out iPads to its third- through 12th-grade students next year, and Evergreen Public Schools is slated to put Chromebooks, Surface Pros or other computers to its fourth- through 12th-grade students by the beginning of next school year.McDaniel, by his own admission, is giddy at the possibilities the program will allow the district. Students’ learning can become more dynamic, he said. They can go back and rewrite drafts of research reports or add photos and videos, and teachers are better able to work one-on-one with students to help them fine tune their projects.last_img

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