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Sioux Falls School District keeping Chromebooks

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It's been one full school year that Chromebooks have been in Sioux Falls classrooms.

Third to 12th graders have been using them every day to have information at their fingertips.

Monday, the school board decided they want to keep them next year.

There really haven't been any complaints from teachers or students about the Chromebooks.

And they will help the students be more prepared for college and their career because they're able to access information so easily.

One year ago technology took a first row seat in Sioux Falls classrooms and Sharon Schueler with the Sioux Falls School District is very pleased with the outcome.

"Well, if someone were to ask me how I'd grade the implementation of the Chromebooks on a scale of A to an F, of course, I would give the district an A for its implementation," said Schueler.

She said the district reached their goals because of how they brought it together.

"We planned it with the end in mind. This is the target we envisioned and we established our goals and planned it backward from there,"

Teachers gave great feedback as well.

"Teachers were able to share documents with students, share assignments, share resources, so that they weren't always handing out materials," she explained.

But the best part, is that students were always up to date on the assignments and what was expected of them.

Normally if the district and the teachers like something, the students take the opposite side, but not so much with this.

"Students, I think, became very attached to that Chromebook and really did not like to give it up for the summer months. Especially the high school students that were able to take it home every night during the school year," said Schueler.

Because technology is what the students know.

"That's students' way of life, it isn't going to be business as usual. We have to acclimate to that new way of life," Schueler continued.

Schueler added they used the Chromebooks for a few district standard tests.

And next year they'll have even more of them because of how well it worked for the students and the teachers.

Also next year they'll have iPads in every kindergarten to 2nd grade classroom.

Schueler explained iPads are easier for the younger children, where the older kids need the keyboard.

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