WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Kids in the Warwick public schools systems have something extra to look forward to at the start of school this fall.
On Saturday, the town held a “Chomebook Carnival” where students could pick up their Chromebook laptops to get ready for the year.
The school system is stepping it up with their one-to-one technology program for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. This initiative means for there is one laptop, one computer for each student, according to Doug Alexander, Director of Technology for the Warwick Public School District.
“It’s a big paradigm shift to suddenly have students with all of these devices in your classroom,” explained Alexander.
But student shouldn’t expect online learning; “it’s called blended learning because it blends the best of face to face with the best of online learning,” stated Alexander. “So there comes a point where you need to close the Chromebooks and stick with traditional teaching techniques face to face.”
Saturday’s Chromebook pick-up and information sessions were efforts to make sure as many kids as possible have their laptops assigned before school and any questions are answered.
Warwick Superintendent Phil Thornton shadowed Alexander’s excitement for the new education opportunity, “This is a big step forward for our district, helping ensure all our students get the education they deserve,” he said.