Tag-along tech

Alicia Smith flipped open a Google Chromebook and let her fingers fly across the keyboard.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 10, 2013

The West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics eighth-grader was using the device for an in-class assignment.

While students throughout the school can use the new Chromebooks, those in grades 5-8 have a chance for more hands-on technology opportunities as the school implements a “bring your own device policy.”

Instead of printing off assignments, Smith shares her documents with her teacher and peers by using Google documents. The 13-year-old said that aspect helps the school become “greener.”

“I just think it’s cool,” she said.

Previously, students used computers that weren’t always charged or were missing keys, said eighth-grader Ashleigh Welty.

Smith and Welty, 14, said they can access their documents anywhere because they're saved in their Google accounts, which allows them to sign on from home and finish assignments.

Academy Director Travis Thomsen said parent and student surveys reflected that the school was lacking technology. He said education has changed and it’s more about synthesizing information and not relying on memorization.

Now, it’s about collaborating and creating with technology, he said.

“That’s what (students are) into,” Thomsen said.

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Hands on technology are very useful to the kids. I see that the grades 5-8 are now experiencing it and it is a thumbs up for me. - Kris Krohn Strongbrook

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