Affton High School pushes away paper, textbooks in favor of laptops
(KMOV.com) – Teachers and students are learning how to incorporate technology into every part of the classroom, taking away paper tests and making the backpack almost useless.
Lesson plans, homework and even tests are being put on Chromebooks at Affton High School. Everyone has one. They use it at school and they take it home. Officials said the goal is to always be learning and exploring.
“When people are pushed out of their comfort zone, they learn new things,” said Affton Junior Brooke Brinton.
Brinton said she doesn’t have to carry a lot of textbooks around. Instead the work is done on the Chromebooks that Affton pays $275 for through their partnership with Dell. However, students and teachers aren’t charged anything for them.
Affton’s director of technology said they’ve had little resistance because the district fully supports the change. They said they want to make the real world feel like school and school to feel like the real world.
“It’s an interesting experience,” said Manuel Herrera, “when you just allow students to just show what they can do, really become teachers. At the same time [it] makes things easier, like turning in assignments.”
That confidence has pushed kids to connect via Chromebook with other students and teachers outside school hours for questions on homework. And six weeks into the school year, it seems it’s been a comfortable techy transition.
The Affton School District they are now looking into getting hot spots so high school students who don’t have internet access at home are able to log in outside of school.