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Sylvania students learning with Google Chromebooks

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Sylvania students are moving into the digital world with a new initiative that's underway at Sylvania City Schools.

The district is hoping that new Google Chromebooks will not only transform the way teachers are instructing their students, but how students are learning.

"I am not a mentor and a guide, rather than a lecturer, and I love that!" said Alexander Clarkson, a teacher at McCord Junior High.

Clarkson says the new Chromebooks are making classrooms more student-oriented, giving them more control.

"That's what's vitally important in their adoption, that we are throwing more control and responsibility over to the students," he said. "It has transformed how I teach."

It's the top strategy under the district's ‘Digital Learning Initiative.' About 20 percent of the student population will receive Chromebooks this year. School officials say the goal is to have Chromebooks in the hands of all students in grades 3-12 within the next 3-5 years.

"We are truly responding as a school district to our students, because our students in our schools right now were born and bred in a world of Internet technology," said Adam Fineske, director of curriculum and instruction.

They aren't stopping with the Chromebooks. Fineske says the district plans to have technology in the hands of every student at Sylvania Schools. He also says the Chromebooks cost about $250 each and are paid for with budgeted money.

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