CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WEAU) --Chippewa Falls High School freshmen are learning to work in a 'digital world.' The Chippewa Falls High School gave out Google Chromebooks to its freshman class this school year in effort to bring more technology into the classroom.
"It’s a lot more hands on,” Ellie Lucas said.
Lucas and her classmates don't have to shift desks to share ideas for short stories anymore; all they have to do is click ‘share.’
"The kids really love it," Chi Hi English teacher Monika LaPoint said.
This is the first semester ninth graders using laptops in class full time.
"We use it as a tool the idea is that we can use it to enhance what we already do," LaPoint said.
LaPoint says the Google Docs feature on the laptops allows students to collaborate much easier and faster than pencil and paper.
"Right when they are working on it we can pop in and say you might want to revise it a little bit," LaPoint said. She adds, "Because we will never work on an island alone, we have to be able to work with other people. I mean if we are going to get them college and career ready we have to teach them to create a document that other people can access."
For the students the feedback gives them more ownership over their work.
“It was interesting to get feedback from other people but a teacher. I think it’s a lot more interactive we are not always watching as much as we are participating,” Lucas said.
LaPoint says Chippewa Falls High School also plans to use the laptops to help the freshmen start electronic portfolios. She says the goal is starting freshman year students can have a digital log of their work to showcase for college or scholarships when they are ready to graduate.