Posted Date: 08/23/2017
Perryton High School freshmen and Perryton Junior High sixth graders now have Google Chromebooks for use in school and for homework. The devices were distributed Wednesday, as part of a multi-year process to get mobile education tools in the hands of all secondary students at PISD.
In March, the PISD Board approved the purchase of the devices for PHS and then added PJH at their April meeting. Teachers from both campuses attended the Google Summit, hosted by Canyon ISD, this past summer in preparation for this event.
Future sixth and ninth grade students will also get the devices and by the 2020-2021 school year all students from grade six to twelve will have them. Superintendent Robert Hall says “We’ve been developing a plan to get this technology in the hands of our students over the last several years and we’re delighted to take this major step toward that goal.”
The district selected Chromebooks after exploring a number of options and consulting with other districts on the pros and cons of various plans. Chromebooks are a cross between a tablet, such as an iPad, and a traditional laptop. Students will be able to check assignments and submit their work online.
According to Hall, “How education is delivered is changing quickly and this helps prepare our kids for whatever is next.”