Bay District middle schools to get new Chromebooks

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District schools have been in session for a little over a week and the students have all the tools necessary for a successful year with the exception of one item: Chromebooks.

This year, the middle schools will be getting new Chromebooks for seventh and eighth-graders. Each student is assigned their own personal Chromebook to use on school assignments.

The use of the Chromebooks also minimizes the number of textbooks that students have to carry and improves communication between teachers and students. The sixth-grade students will be assigned reconditioned Chromebooks previously used by the seventh and eighth-graders.

According to Surfside Principal Matt Pitts, "A Chromebook is not ever going to replace a teacher in the classroom but it opens up doors and it opens pathways so they can explore and get the new ideas and gain new knowledge through the help of the teacher. But it's a tool for the kids to use they... we've, we haven't had in the last few years."

A total of 950 Chromebooks were assigned to middle school students.

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