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Elise Duffy

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Walk into a classroom one year ago today, and you would most likely see a totally different picture. The students all were probably doing their homework out of actual books. However, walk into a classroom today and seeing a book may not be as easy, believe it or not.

The goal of the 2017 auction was to provide Chromebooks for every student at the school. The Chromebooks provide new resources and teaching methods for the teachers and different learning opportunities for the students. In some classes, students use an online textbook, which eliminates the need for bringing home several heavy textbooks a night. Emma Thomas (12) has mixed feelings about the switch to Chromebooks.

“I like having some of my books on my Chromebook so I don’t have to lug a ton of books back and forth to my house and to school. However, sometimes the Chromebook makes it harder to flip back and forth to different pages in my textbook and like most technology, it isn’t always reliable,” Thomas said.

Halle Poleman (12) agrees with Thomas.

“Sometimes I think it makes certain aspects of a class more challenging because an app won’t load or the wifi is super slow, but overall I think it has been a good change. In my physics class we get to do a ton of cool labs on the Chromebook and I have gotten to learn a lot through lab simulations on it and that has been pretty cool,” Poleman said.

Another senior, Peyton Lissau has had mostly positive experiences with the Chromebook.

“Overall I have really liked the Chromebook. It’s nice to have a laptop at school when I have downtime in my Literature class and I can start a paper on my Chromebook instead of trying to type on the app on my phone. It’s been really nice to have it with me at school,” Lissau said.

Opinions about the Chromebook vary from student to student, but overall Chromebooks have been a positive change.

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