HUTSONVILLE, Ind. (WTHI) In some Illinois schools take-home technology is making text books obsolete. In Hutsonville the school district is getting ready to give every high school student a virtual workspace and despite a budget crunch, they’ve still found a way to put technology in every student’s hands.
When most people think of that first week of school, you remember getting handed textbooks. But, next school year, students like the tigers of Hutsonville will get something extra: Google Chrome books
“It allows students to have access to the internet, but also work,” Julie Kraemer superintendent of the Hutsonville School District said. “If they don’t have access to the internet, they can create things such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations drawing.”
Kraemer explained, its part of a new hybrid learning combining textbooks learning with the future of learning.
“Now instead of reading about Egyptian art they will actually click on a hyperlink that will take them to an internet site and they will actually see the Egyptian art,” Kraemer said.
Hutsonville, like the other Illinois schools in the Wabash Valley, is cash strapped when it comes to the budget. So how were they able to afford the Chrome books?
“We were able to get a couple of grants that took care of a majority of the money and honestly I believe we’ll be able to save money on certain aspects in the long run,” Kraemer said.
Here’s how: the cost to replace certain textbooks can exceed $100. Whereas a teacher can take the lessons she wants from the book and put that in each student’s Chrome book.