On the Beat in Bluffton

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

N-B Feedback: Southern Wells fifth- and sixth-graders to get Chromebooks

Southern Wells fifth- and sixth-grade students will have Hewlett-Packard Chromebooks as one of their educational tools next year.

By a 4-0 vote Tuesday night, Southern Wells School Board members Doug Klefeker, Bob Prible, Chris Smith and Chad Roush approved a 1-to-1 program using the 11-inch laptop devices.

While not wanting to vote against a motion to approving of the purchase of the Chromebooks, however, Roush said, “I’m not sure I want kids to be on a computer all day.”
His concern is that children already are so conditioned by the computer age that they spend a great deal of time on computers and personal electronic devices. School was one place where that pattern was broken.

Learn more about the costs, rules and proposed education opportunities in the Wednesday, April 30, News-Banner and by clicking here.

But share your thoughts here. Will students spend too much time in the digital world? Should students be allowed to take them home? What are the advantages and disadvantages, and which should matter more?

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