Greater Clark County Schools ditch textbooks for laptops


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 7:58 PM

CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) – You knew this had to be coming sooner or later with our new reliance on digital communications. Greater Clark County schools are saying goodbye to textbooks and going high tech.

Parents and students lined up in Charlestown to get their hands on the future of learning in the county. “I think it’s going to be really great getting the computers so we don’t have to carry around notebooks all the time,” 7th grader Trey Teague said.

With the help of grant money, 8,000 students, 3rd-12th grade, will be getting Samsung Chromebook laptops for the year. Superintendent Andy Melin says kids are natives of technology. But, at school, they’re so often asked to put it aside. Greater Clark County Schools wants to embrace technology.

“Learning today involves technology and we’re changing the process so kids can be even more engaged in the learning process,” Melin explained.

The laptops will eliminate the need for textbooks at the schools within three years.

“Students will be accessing information on their Chromebooks, also having access to other educational resources on their Chromebooks. So, we will cut down, we won’t have the text book expenditures. That was hundreds of thousands of dollars a year,” Melin said.

But, there is some risk in sending new laptops home with children. One mother explained how her kids last computer ended up.

“They had one and it got broke,” Sue Lathery said. “So, hopefully, they’ll take better care of this one and we’re definitely going to get insurance on it.”

That’s why students and their parents will have to attend a two hour rollout session, to learn their responsibilities once the laptop goes home.

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