Ohio County Schools taking a big step to meet the changing needs of students inside the classroom.
The first day of school is right around the corner and this year, every student in Ohio County Schools will be using brand new technology.
1,550 Chromebooks and 700 iPads have been purchased by the county. The new Chromebooks can be converted into tablets, and will be used by the one to one pilot program for 6th graders, inside high school English classes, and all elementary schools.
Technology coordinator Patrick Riddle said this is the first one to one initiative in the county and one of the biggest upgrades he has been apart of.
His daughter is a 6th grade student at Triadelphia and can’t wait to start using her new Chromebook at school and at home.
“They are excited, not just the ones receiving them in 6th grade, but I think all the students are excited, and there’s lots of teachers who are excited to use and do some of these things in their classroom,” said Riddle.
Riddle added the technology is a small part of their initiative, new staff has been hired to help teachers implement technology into their lessons.
For parents, especially of 6th graders, internet safety might be a concern.
The state has a filter set up for in school use, the county has built that same filter into the Chromebooks when the 6th grade students take them home.
If the pilot program is a success, the goal is for all students to be one to one with a Chromebook in 3 years.