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Project Oklahoma: Chrome books working in small Oklahoma districts

Project Oklahoma: Chrome books working in small Oklahoma districts

The books that generations of students have read line the walls of Angie Garrison’s classroom at Skiatook High School.

“My seniors are also reading ‘Frankenstein.’ It’s a great one to read,” said Garrison.

The students in her classroom don’t just rely on old-fashioned paperback books but brand-new chrome books.

It had been around eight years since the high school bought new textbooks because of funding issues. However, voters passed a bond that made it possible for the high school to purchase 800 new chrome books for a total of $180,000. There’s now one for every student.

“When I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure if it was really the direction we needed to go,” said Biology teacher Stacey O’Dell.

That may have been her first thought, but now, after a semester of “one-to-one,” she’s sold.

It has been a little trial and error at the high school, and though it's a little different, some of the excuses are the same.

“So, Fido has eaten a charge chord this year,” laughed O’Dell.

“We’ve had chrome books that are stolen,” said Garrison.

“'I thought it was charging'; I hear that the most,” said Garrison.

But what isn’t working is small compared to what is.

“Pry the hardest thing to repair is when you can’t get them on, can’t run any tests,” said high school junior Dakota Teel.

Dakota and other students took a class and now know how to fix any broken computers. It’s helped keep maintenance and repair costs to a minimum.

“I saw a huge improvement in their vocabulary, so yes, it is helping,” said Garrison.

Teachers like Garrison said the digital study guides, games, and online quizzes are helping the students here learn more than ever.

“I’ve noticed I’ve had a lot more participation in class in the chrome books, opposed to the printed text,” said O’Dell.

It’s a new way to teach something old.

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