CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WEAU)--Next school year Chippewa Falls freshman will be putting away their pencils and paper and taking out laptops. The school district announced its plan to give each incoming freshman a Google Chromebook this week.
The students will be able to use it in class and take it home with them.
The Chippewa Falls School District says it is the first step of a larger goal to create a 1:1 ratio of students to computers in the high school.
“We knew we needed to head in this direction because you walk out of this room the building and you see people walking around with 2-3 mobile devices,” Superintendent Tom Hughes said.
Hughes added the goal of the technology initiative is to give students the ability to learn beyond the pages of a book or text.
“We are able to add video and look at live stuff, go on the internet, it just makes learning more fun and fuller,” Hughes said.
The district plans to buy more than 300 Samsung Google Chromebooks for $250 each.
“We thought the Google Chromebook was a very responsible device that would get the job done in our classrooms but was also responsible from a financial stand point,” Technology Director Scott Kowalski said.
Chippewa Falls Schools says next year will be a trial year and it will take time for students, teachers, staff and parents to learn all that comes with more technology in the classroom.
“Good teaching is good teaching and that's really what we are trying to stress. Professional development will be a big part of the technology working to its potential,” said Kowalski.