With a donation and money from fundraising, Welches School plans to add Google Chromebooks to the tech available to kids

Welches Grade and Middle School students soon will get new technology to be used in their classrooms.

The Welches Parent Teacher Club recently donated $11,000 to the school.

“It was very generous of them,” said Welches School Principal Kendra Payne.

Payne said the school plans to combine that donated money with the more than 5,000 earned at this year’s school Jog-A-Thon to buy new technology to use in both the middle and grade school. Welches school will purchase 60 HP Google Chromebooks.

Payne said since the new laptops were ordered last week, she hopes they will arrive within the month and be in students’ hands by April.

The 60 laptops will be divided between two mobile computer labs that will be available for use in the classrooms.

“It’s going to be huge,” Payne said. Teachers will have the portability of online learning, a new resource for research projects, and the flexibility of Google Drive technology.

Payne hopes the school eventually will be able to move toward more paperless learning interaction. If they choose, students will be able to turn in assignments from home as well.

But the change won’t be without its challenges.

“Our teachers will have to know how to use all three of our school’s computer operating systems,” Payne said.

Welches School’s middle school lab is outfitted with machines that use Windows 7, while the elementary lab is full of Ibuntu computers. Payne says the kids probably will pick it up without a hitch; it will be the teachers who need some time so they can properly instruct their classes.

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