SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Students are putting the pencil and paper away and grabbing for the Chromebook.
Using technology in the classroom nearly all day, every day may be an uneasy thought for parents of third, fourth, or fifth graders, but teachers at Lowell Elementary say don't fret.
"It's kind of like having 23 of me in the classroom because I can be with them more often through the device than I could ever be in person," 5th grade teacher Karissa Fischer said.
Lowell Elementary teachers have been using Chromebooks in the classroom for a while now. They got the devices at the beginning of the year because they are a specialized math, science and technology school.
Teachers say one of the best things about the computers in the classrooms is the ability to bring the students into the World Wide Web.
"It is the most efficient tool for using the Internet which is so great for school because you don't have time to waste," 5th grade teacher Nathaniel Petrich said.
Fellow 5th grade teacher Dan Fischer says not only do the Chromebooks give students a countless number of teaching tools, it also shows kids how to properly behave online at a very young age.
"It's not just about everything within our curriculum. It's also teaching them to be good digital citizens," Dan Fischer said.
But best yet, it is the students who say they like using the device.
"There wasn't any of my students who said they didn't like having the Chromebooks, so I consider that a plus too," Karissa Fischer said.
On Wednesday, Robert Frost Elementary, Eugene Field Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary are expected to get the Chromebooks. Even though the schools get devices Wednesday, it does not necessarily mean students will be using the computers right away. That depends on what each principal decides.
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