Chromebooks connecting students and teachers at Clinton Elementary

A new Chromebook program at Clinton Elementary School is helping connect students and teachers through technology.

There's something special happening inside Clinton Elementary school. Classrooms where teachers can be in two places at once.

"When the math section starts their practice work I come up here and work with the science section and halfway through we switch,” explained 6th grade teacher Kimberly O’Dell.

The Clinton City Schools Technology for Learning program integrates smaller, faster Chromebooks into classroom learning.

“It gives me more one-on-one time with each student, so when I'm working on math skills I have a smaller group of each students that I'm needing to keep their attention,” O’Dell said.

It's engaging students and making them a part of the lesson.

“The student can have the power point on their screen and in real time have questions that are asked to them and their answers are presented on the board almost like a text message. It's really exciting,” said teacher Lauren Murphy.

The excitement and engagement is what's hooked students.

"If you're very basic with everything then you're going to get bored of it and you're not going to want to learn in upper grades,” said 6th grader Mallory Edenfield.

School administrators are thankful to have a city that supports the program. They say parents shouldn't be concerned about the computers taking away the personal touch of having a live teacher.

"Really our teachers are so integrated into the process, it's not like our teachers just leave the students with the Chromebooks. They're with them every step of the way,” said faculty member Danny Goin.

"I love the Chromebooks because it gives a different experience other than pencil and paper,” Edenfield said.

The school hopes to improve connectivity between the classroom Chromebooks and home computers in the future.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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