It's no surprise that students are becoming more and more tech-savvy.
IPads, Chromebooks, and all kinds of techy gadgets are making their way into schools and the Wausau School District is no exception.
Last year the Wausau School District handed out more than 1,200 iPads to 8th graders to use in school. Out of that amount, only ten of them broke.
This year Chromebooks are going to those same students moving into their freshman year and the iPads will go to incoming eighth graders.
Insurance policies are available at $20 for the Chromebook and $30 for the iPad. Each have up to a $50 deductible for each incident. That means at most parents would pay $70 for the Chromebook or $80 for the iPad if anything happened. Even though the district takes a chance with damage, they say these techy toys add an important element to the class room and lead to an even bigger interest in learning.
"We really feel that if students are engaged and they’re motivated that difference in achievement is going to come too,” says Director of Secondary Education Tom Hahn. “We’re hoping in the next few years we'll see some differences in achievement."
If you’re wondering why they chose the Chromebook for freshman, one of the biggest reasons is the keyboard. The district says the amount of writing done in high school makes that a necessity.
The Wausau School District hopes that eventually all high schoolers will have either a school issues Chromebook or bring their own to school so that they can phase out computer labs and save energy.
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