Instead of flipping through pages and lugging books in their backpacks, the sixth-graders at the Trinity Lutheran School will get clicking on a different type of textbook in the coming year.
This fall, each incoming sixth-grader at the Joppa private school will get a new laptop, eliminating the need for textbooks in three core subjects – science, math and social studies.
“One advantage to middle-schoolers is that it’s a big reduction in their backpack,” said headmaster John Austin. “Now they get a laptop with a textbook online.”
Most of the students in the cafeteria on a school day drag their backpacks, which have wheels. Some of the backpacks – bulging with books – look heavier than the students.