Throughout the day, 64 of the Spring Lake parochial school's students in grades 5-8 received their own Google Chromebooks to use for schoolwork.
Principal Mike DeVitt said the St. Mary’s Catholic Church’s Technology Committee spent the past year and a half looking at different pieces of technology to see what would best fit the school's needs.
DeVitt said the purchase of 85 computers, doubling the facility's bandwidth and equipping classrooms with wireless Internet access points cost about $25,000. It was funded through a parishioner’s donation and the school’s Technology Fund.
“This is another tool that’s going to prepare them for the real world,” DeVitt said.
DeVitt said they held parent forum nights to answer questions, show them the devices, and explain it will take a three-pronged approach with students, parents and the school to make the technology initiative a success.
As students use the new laptops at both home and school, the principal said parents have the opportunity to purchase insurance for the devices. If a parent doesn’t have insurance and something happens, they are responsible for paying for it.
The students will soon have cases, purchased by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization, to transport their computers.
Although students can use their computers at home, DeVitt said the devices are to be used for schoolwork and not updating social media or sending messages to people outside of the school’s e-mail domain.
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