This school year, Gillingham bought 44 Samsung laptop computers that run
The school's technology consultant,
Werkheiser said that the
All of that is handled by
The laptops are also fast, starting up in about 10 seconds and have about 10 hours of battery life.
The two sets of Chromebooks replaced a single classroom setup as a computer lab, freeing up the former computers to be permanently placed in classrooms for student and teacher use while allowing students in the younger grades to stay in their homeroom.
They are stored on two rolling carts, one for each floor of the school, and travel from classroom to classroom as needed. Gillingham has about 200 students in grades K-11 and the rolling carts ensure that every student has his/her own computer when they are used in class.
"In terms of how well they're working out, if we had additional need for more laptop devices and more funding available, I can't see a reason why we wouldn't purchase more of this particular type of device," Werkheiser said.
As for the way that the students are using them,
They also use them as resources for students and teachers, so if they need to do research or a project, they're available.
Additionally, since the devices use
Students are only able to email anyone in the Gillingham community and can share any documents with their classmates easily as well.
"They're falling in love with Google Docs, too," Hutchinson said. "Many of the kids say they like it better than (
While the charter school is using the devices, Hutchinson said that they are only to supplement learning and will not replace books, which are the basis of the Charlotte Mason Relational Education model developed in the late 1880s by British educator
If the school needs to, it can place ebooks on the devices for the students.
With Gillingham starting to use Chromebooks, it's joining an emerging trend in schools across the country opting for Chromebooks over laptops or tablets with
A recent article from Business Insider reported that Google Chromebooks are now being used by about 22 percent of school districts across the country.
While the directors of the school think students are benefiting from them, students and teachers also feel the same way.
"I feel as though the students are enjoying the Chromebooks and are getting valuable experience using them," said math teacher
"I like them," said ninth-grader
Gillingham isn't the only school in
According to newspaper archives, last month at its regular monthly meeting the
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