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More Chromebook purchases as APS nears 1:1 ratio with students

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on June 13, 2018 – 12:54 amNo Comment

All 6th grade students at Thunder Bay Junior High School will have their own Chromebook when classes resume in the fall.

Alpena Public Schools continues to purchase the laptops to meet the goal of the pilot program.

In addition, administrators will use the summer months to write rules governing Chromebooks and students ability to take them home on a daily basis.

One item the district is considering is offering parents a low-cost insurance program to cover the cost of laptops in the event they are lost or broken.

At a board of education committee meeting Tuesday, Superintendent John VanWagoner said he hoped students at all grade levels would have their own Chromebook by the end of the 2018-19 school year.  Then, he said, it’s time for the district to look at a replacement program to make sure the technology doesn’t get old.

In the meantime, teachers have received some training on how to incorporate Chromebooks into their classrooms, but much more professional development is planned for the future.

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