“I’m excited,” said Browne. “I think this is the next natural progression of laptops for our children. We want students to not only be consumers of technology but to use technology as producers.” She said that the group from the academy that traveled to McDowell County was impressed seeing students use their Chromebooks “like adults,” even choosing a claymation medium to produce a school presentation.
Browne said that the school is replacing the laptops for its 6- and 7-year-old students with the Chromebook project. She said the academy will maintain a high level of administrative control over websites. The older laptops that are replaced will be re-purposed and used for the school’s math programs and for its teaching assistants.
“This will help parents, too,” added Browne. “Children with internet access to the cloud will not have to take laptops back and forth to school. The ease of collaboration means they can access school work from home, saving wear and tear on their laptop.”
She indicated that the Chromebook project was part of the academy’s board and headmaster’s academic vision for the school where technology gives them a leg up on learning as they progress to higher grades.
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