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Published: Monday, 4/21/2014 - Updated: 7 months ago

Perrysburg Schools to extend one-to-one technology program, give laptops to all high schoolers by 2015

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Perrysburg Schools plans to continue its one-to-one technology program by giving three more grades laptops next school year.

This year laptops were issued to students in the fifth, eighth, and ninth grades. The fifth and eighth graders received Samsung Chromebooks while freshmen at Perrysburg High School got the MacBook Air. Next year sixth, seventh, and 10th graders will be issued laptops.

The high school will all have MacBook Air laptops. Lower grade levels will be issued Lenovo Chromebooks which are more rugged and durable. In 2015-2016, Superintendent Tom Hosler said, fourth-grade students and juniors and seniors will receive laptops.

Next year's new technology will cost about $550,000, according to Mr. Hosler.

Three teachers who changed lesson plans drastically to coincide with laptop use this year spoke during Perrysburg Schools' board of education meeting Monday.

"It has literally changed the way I do my job," said Chris Lake, high school government teacher. He listed collaboration, communication, and creativity as the three key elements provided to students through use of MacBook Airs.

He said he saved time by issuing online assessments during the weekend rather during class time. He also had the class meet online for discussion questions and talks during snow days.

Perrysburg Junior High School French teacher Maureen Gerber said students now have an extra option: do oral French homework using the voice recordings available on laptops. 

"It is a wonderful addition to teaching foreign language," she said. 

Ashley Brown, fifth-grade teacher at Woodland Elementary, has a video for students of her math lessons so while they are working on assignments and need additional help they can go back and watch them. She said it has helped parents assist their children.

One of her favorite features is a class discussion for homework help. She is able to see students authentically help each other out on homework problems through comments and even quote her from the lesson in class.

The board of education also had a first reading for a policy change Monday that would allow students to take over the counter medication without a doctor's note. Students would still need a note from the parents. It will be voted on at next month's board meeting.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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