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      L'Anse students receive Google Chromebooks for school

      In a time when information is readily available at our fingertips, many schools are switching out textbooks for computers.

      This year, Lâ??Anse Area Schools students will have the most current information at their disposal with new Google Chromebooks in the junior and senior high.

      Principal Melissa Scroggs said the new laptops will be useful for students to take notes and write papers.

      â??I think itâ??s a wonderful device,â?? said Scroggs. â??It puts the Internet and current information at their fingertips. I think they are going to discover that itâ??s a unique opportunity that they have.â??

      Through a $250,000 grant to the school, seventh and eighth graders will have a classroom set to share, and ninth through twelfth graders will each take one home.

      â??We wonâ??t have to go down to the lab,â?? said student Kayla Nagele. â??We wonâ??t have to sign out the lab, and the labs are packed a lot, so itâ??d be easier to do it right in class. Letâ??s say, if people are in sports, then you can carry your sports bags and everything easier. You wonâ??t have a big, heavy backpack on you.â??

      Students were required this year to attend a session on taking proper care of their Chromebooks, something administrators said the school had to learn the hard way through their ASUS pilot program last year.

      â??We have very cold weather in the U.P., and when you leave a Chromebook outside in a car for a long period of time and then bring it into a heated environment, it was causing cracking,â?? said Superintendent Carrie Meyer.

      Because of the problems last year with ASUS tablets breaking, this year, the school is providing every student with a carrying case for their Chromebook. In addition, there will be a room dedicated as a Chromebook help center, so if something breaks on the computers, students can get it fixed.

      â??We learned a lot from the one-to-one devices last year and mistakes that we made, and this was one of the areas that we felt we needed to improve upon,â?? Scroggs said. â??So, we created a handbook specific to this device, and we are teaching the students how to care for it.â??

      The school will eventually have a device for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Administrators said they want to be able to provide the best education for their students through blended learning.

      â??We want to make sure that our students are able to leave our building and be successful at the college level,â?? Meyer said.