Chromebook Computers Are ‘Game-Changer’ for MC Students

When MiIMG_0368chigan City High School students returned to school this fall, they carried something other than a pencil and notebook to class: a Chromebook computer. It’s a concept called 1:1 (one device to one student), and it’s transforming teaching and learning at Michigan City Area Schools, thanks to the vision of Superintendent Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins. The idea isn’t just to give kids a digital textbook. Instead, it’s providing them with a way to organize and enhance work and to become more engaged through blended learning—combining digital and traditional classroom methods. Now, every high school student has a school-issued device to use at school and at home. At middle schools, Chromebooks are available in all core classrooms, and in elementary buildings, the devices are available on mobile carts. The Michigan City Redevelopment Commission, the City of Michigan City, multiple grants, and an Indiana Common School Loan are funding the 1:1 project, which is just one part of a $10 million, five-year technology initiative for MCAS. Other aspects include improved WIFI, interactive whiteboards, and a high school course that trains students to provide tech support. “Employers and colleges require our students to have skills for a digital world,” says Barbara. “This is truly a game-changer for our teachers, students, and the entire community.”

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