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Thursday, September 12, 2013
The ninth-grade Silver Fox Academy students upgraded to “Chrome” on Thursday with arrival of their new Chromebooks. The plan to issue Chromebooks to the ninth-grade students in the Silver Fox Academy was initiated last year after the administration met with district personnel.
“With so many school systems moving toward technology based learning in the way of laptops and iPads, it just seemed natural to make a move in this direction,” was the statement made by Travis Gibson, the school’s technology director.
The school looked into a variety of options. Due to the word processing and PowerPoint functions of the Chromebook, coupled with the school’s ability to monitor its usage, this device became the most realistic option. The students will be able to use the device for assignments in class, pull up their textbooks in class and at home and share works in progress with their teachers.
One of the school’s new administrators, Ian Bramhall said, “This program is a win-win. The students no longer have to carry 50 pounds of heavy textbooks. In addition, the cost of the Chromebooks is cheaper than the six textbooks that most students carry during the day.”
The students are required to keep the device charged and in good working order. Students are responsible for replacing the device if it is broken or lost while in their care.
Josh Trahan, the interim principal, said, “This is an outstanding opportunity to implement educational technology. We believe that computers will eventually replace textbooks, and by working out the ‘bugs’ in the system now, we should have a strong grasp on how to make changing technology work for us in the future.”