User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


61° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Chromebook Program Expanding In Tea

August 26, 2014, 6:56 AM by Leland Steva

Chromebook Program Expanding In Tea
TEA, SD -

Starting today, more classrooms at the Tea School District will be filled with Chromebooks. While the technology will help the students and teachers in the district, there will be some challenges as well.

The district did a trail run with seventh and eighth graders last year. There was some hurdles, but overall it was successful. Today, the school is now passing out around 300 Chromebooks to four different grades.

They may just in boxes now, but soon these Chromebooks will be changing lesson plans in Tea Area Schools.

High School Social Studies teacher Ryan Decker dealt with the laptops while teaching middle school students last year. He's excited to see the computers in the hands of the older students.

"There will be a period of adjustment for them as well getting use to it," teacher Ryan Decker said. "But I think they are going to like the tool and I think they're going to find it's just going to make things a lot easier them to organize and get work submitted and keep track of everything."

Decker says last year he had to make adjustments to teaching with the Chromebooks in the classroom.

"One of the things with the Chromebooks is there's no hard drive so you can't save anything to the Chromebooks," Decker said. "We found that out the hard way in a couple classes."

The IT Department had to make some changes after last year's trial run.

"We learned a lot more about where our bandwidth was at," Jamie Ihnen said. "Because the more devices you bring in, we found out we need a lot more bandwidth."

The department spent a few weeks over the summer setting up the computers. Now the Chromebooks are ready to go, and the school believes the student's future will benefit.

"Going into college there's so many classes that utilize Desire2Learn and online learning," Ihnen said. "And so the more familiar they are now with using the technology and getting comfortable with it, it's just going to make their transistion to college that much better."

With the two grades that already have their computers from last year, there will be close to 600 Chromebooks in Tea after today.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Sioux Falls May Have Found Its New Superintendent

3/31/2015 10:13 AM

Brian Maher confirmed with KELOLAND's Brady Mallory Tuesday morning that he was selected to replace outgoing superintendent Pam Homan on July...

Full Story
Siouxland Youth Football League Kicks Off In August

3/26/2015 4:55 PM

While many of us are swept up in the March Madness of basketball, others are preparing for the upcoming football season in the fall.

Full Story | Watch
Maher Looking Forward To Leading Sioux Falls School District

3/31/2015 6:20 PM

The Sioux Falls School District has selected its next superintendent.

Full Story | Watch
How Maher Becomes New SF Superintendent

3/31/2015 10:00 PM

Selecting Brian Maher as the new Superintendent for the Sioux Falls School District didn't happen overnight.

Full Story | Watch
School of Mines Rated Best College Value in SD

3/30/2015 3:45 PM

A new study from SmartAsset.com, a financial data and technology company, says the School of Mines in Rapid City is the best college value in South Da...

Full Story


Events