POLLOK, TX (KTRE) - Central ISD is stepping into the digital age as the first school in the area where every high school student has a Chromebook computer.
The days of pencil and paper are gone at Central High School. Students and teachers are embracing their new Google Chromebooks this semester and moving towards the future of education.
"Our focus at central high school is moving those classrooms into the 21st century learning and the students working with the digital tools so that they're ready for the future," said Allen Garner, Central ISD superintendent.
The school district purchase d more than 500 Chromebooks with a grant from the Kurth Foundation.
"In the classroom they use them for research, typing their papers and doing some spreadsheets," said Robbie Thompson, Central High School, Technology Director.
But the uses don't stop there. Students can work on projects and assignments in Google Classroom with other students outside of school and the teachers are all for it.
"I think what they love the most is the chance for the students to collaborate," said Richard Nash, Central High School Principal. "Not just when the students are sitting in the classroom while they're home."
"It's no longer using the teacher as the only resource to get information from anymore," said Kyle Ivy, Instructional technology director.
In fact, Central ISD administrators are already seeing progress just one month into the program.
"Our student engagement has raised exponentially since we've began this and a lot of it is because this is what they do," Nash said. "Our students know computers, they know technology and we're catching up. We're catching up and leading the way for our county."
English teachers are excited that their students can have research in the palm of their hand while government classes are using the Chromebooks to learn about current events and news as it happens.
All the Chromebooks have filters and security features that keep students on-task and don't allow access to any unauthorized sites for safety reasons.