A.J. Johnson, superintendent of the Hartington-Newcastle district, says students returning to school next week will have new Chromebooks waiting for them.
Johnson says, “We realized that our kids are living in a digital world and we have to meet them there and help them become better users and better consumers of information and of technology that’s out there.”
He says they decided to upgrade to a “one-to-one” program, where every student in middle and high school has his or her own electronic device. Johnson says the laptops will be an educational supplement.
“We’re not going to replace subjects with that,” he says. “It’ll be a new way to use information, a more modern way, a way that they’ll see in the real world rather than in the old school world.”
Johnson says teachers will be able to control how students use their new devices.
“Each teacher will be able to see what’s on the screens of the kids in their room and they’ll be able to tell if the kids are staying on task or not,” he says. “The 9th through 12th grade students will be able to take the Chromebooks home, the 7th and 8th grade students, for now, will keep them at school.”
Johnson says the filtering software on the laptops will also work when students use them at home or anywhere else. School starts next Tuesday in the district.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton