December 20, 2014

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Elyria Catholic to give each student a laptop

ELYRIA — An Elyria parochial school will give every student a laptop computer.

Starting in the fall, all students at Elyria Catholic High School will receive a Google Chromebook for use inside and outside of class. The device will cost students $50 that will include a hard cover and insurance.

The school is picking up the $285 cost per book for its projected 450 students. The money for the 1:1 Google Chromebook Initative was raised through donations from anonymous donors, Ridge Tool, EC Gala supporters, alumni, faculty, staff, EC families and the EC Technology Committee, which has researched the initiative for three years.

“Now is the time to do this,” Principal Amy Butler said. “We think Google Chromebook is the perfect fit for our faculty and students. We are moving into a new era, giving them a unique opportunity in the digital learning environment.”

The devices will not just yet replace traditional textbooks, but as more publishers make material available online and in digital form, the transition will be natural, Butler said.

“When every student has a device, we are able to bring digital and information literacy skills for the future to the forefront, as well as engage students in critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication,” she said.

The school has Wi-Fi access and already encourages students to use their own devices in their studies.

“Teachers have long been looking for curriculum that is not isolated to textbooks because it’s what students are demanding,” Butler said.

Project manager and math teacher Kevin Machovina said the one-to-one initiative will enhance learning.

“Also within Google Drive, they will have a portfolio to track and assess their own learning over the next four years,” he said. “Elyria Catholic is taking a huge step in the right direction in preparing the students to succeed in the digital world we live in today.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.