Chromebook initiative comes to Indian Creek

MINGO JUNCTION — Pupils at Indian Creek Middle School will receive their own hardware for learning in the next school year through a new One-to-One Chromebook initiative.

Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said each middle school pupil in fifth through eighth grades will be issued a Chromebook to keep and use at home and in class during the school year. The program will move into the high school by one grade level annually, and in four years the current eighth-graders will keep a computer at the end of their senior year.

“This has been in the concept stage since last summer,” he explained. “I went to a tech conference last year and got the idea from a smaller school.”

Chappelear added most of the 600 Chromebooks have been acquired and will be distributed in time for the start of the 2017-18 school year, while another 200 devices will be purchased on an annual basis.

The Chromebooks can be utilized in all of the pupils’ coursework and provide more modern learning because a plethora of informational tools are available online.

“We’ve been utilizing Chromebooks for the last five years and are heading toward the One-to-One initiative. We’re excited about the opportunity and believe it will help create a more student-centered learning experience.”

“I’m excited for the students,” said Principal Holly Minch-Hick. “This is such a tremendous opportunity, and the students who have access to Chromebooks will literally have the world at their fingertips.”

“There are a multitude of online resources,” added Assistant Principal Ryan Finley. “It levels the playing field.”

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