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Chromebooks Now Being Used In SF Schools

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Technology is all about to change for students in the Sioux Falls School District. Most of them will have Google Chromebooks to make things easier in the classroom.

Lincoln High School Junior Cailyn Ganter said, "I thought it was awesome because now we have a laptop."

One by one, students are handed bags, then they line up to show their school id.

Lincoln High School Asst. Principal Mike Klinedinst said, "We will scan their id and then we'll scan their Chromebooks so we know which student has which Chromebook."

They're just some of the 18,000 students in the Sioux Falls School District who are getting Chromebooks.

Students in grades three through twelve will all have one, but only the high school students will get to take them home.

Klinedinst said, "Students are going to have an opportunity to have a one on one with a Chromebook and have access to the internet at their fingertips."

It's all part of the district's technology plan. At $256 dollars apiece, the Chromebooks cost around $4.6 million. However, the cheaper, smaller version of a laptop allows the district to save on laptops and desktop computers for computer labs and mobile carts, changing how things are done in and out of the classroom.

"Students are going to be able to interact with their teachers, they're going to be able to send documents back and forth,” said Klinedinst.

It won't replace their textbooks just yet, but it will allow many students and teachers to put their pencils aside.

After Tuesday, all of the high schools students will have their Chromebooks. Several middle schools have them already and all of the elementary schools should have theirs by the end of the first quarter. Parents have the option of purchasing insurance for their child's Chromebook. Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade will be receiving iPads next year.

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