By Meredith Baker, Staff Writer
July 31, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Eighth graders at Dinwiddie Middle School will be getting Google Chromebooks at the beginning of the new school year. Director of Technology Timothy Ampy said that the devices should cut down on testing time.
Every student from eighth grade through twelfth grade will now have a device that they can use at home.
Board Chair Mary Benjamin said that it will be better for the eighth graders to get their Chromebooks before they go to the high school so that they can adjust to them.
“I just like to see us moving forward like that,” Benjamin said.
Ampy said that the Chromebooks cost $217.50 each, including a licensing fee and the cost of giving the devices the capacity to connect to the school’s network. The division will be purchasing 400 Chromebooks, which will allow them to also furnish a mobile cart with devices that can be taken to the elementary schools.
The devices are expected to last three to four years.
Assistant Director of Technology Toni Wynn said that the new Chromebooks are very rugged and should hold up well for the students. She said that they are supposed to be able to withstand being dropped from a desk.
“We actually had some that were dropped last year, and they were fine,” Wynn said.
Ampy said that the division will have insurance to cover the Chromebooks, as well.