Central High School students began the school year with brand new technology in the classrooms. The school purchased 600 additional Chromebooks for core-content teacher classrooms.
“Technology is advancing and growing, and the schools have to move in that direction as well,” said Central High Principal Jared Griffis. “We want the kids to learn skills using these Chromebooks. With those skills learned, they can carry forth into the workplace or college, because it will help them be successful adults.”
The Chromebooks were paid for using county school SPLOST funds earmarked for technology.
Griffis thought it would be a good idea to add more Chromebook laptops so that teachers could keep them in the classroom, and use them when needed.
“We have about 30 core-content teachers that teach the four may content areas, and they now have access to their own Chromebook cart in their own classrooms,” said Griffis. “We also have other carts that are available to the other departments to check out as needed, so it it not just benefiting the core teachers.”
With the additional 600, the high school now has about 1,000 Chromebooks for teachers and students to use.
“Students now use the whole Google Suite apps available,” said Griffis. “Each student has their own email account so they have access to Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and all of those other different online components that are useful for class work and projects.”
Griffis is happy moving forward in the technology field because not only is the school preparing students for post-graduation, but using less paper helps the environment and saves the school money.
“Now the teacher just has to go in her classroom and pull the assignment up on their screen,” said Griffis. “The teachers are able to leave comments on the side of a student’s rough draft assignment, online, and leave constructive feedback to help the student improve.”
Griffis said the use of the online applications eliminates the historic excuses such as “the dog ate my homework” or “I left it at home.” Because their work is now stored online and saves electronically students, or teachers, will be less likely to misplace their work.
“If the teachers and students are using Google classrooms, students use an online portfolio for the teacher, to turn in their work,” said Griffis.
With the additional 600 Chromebooks purchased, the school is one step closer to each and every classroom having productive use of technology for learning.
“We are excited about our advancement,” said Griffis. “We believe it is in the right direction for our students, but it also provides valuable resources to our teachers everyday.”