Social studies lessons have come alive for 5th grade students at Rogers Elementary, thanks to the donation of 54 Chromebooks by the Rogers Parent Organization. The computers have added an extra dimension to lesson plans for students in Mrs. Meyer’s classroom.
“We just did a project on Native Americans and each group of students prepared a Google slide presentation,” explained Mrs. Meyer. “The ability to research particular topics goes far beyond a textbook, thanks to the Chromebooks. The students find information on the internet, download the appropriate graphic images and create exciting lessons that they share with their classmates.”
Using Chromebooks lets the students expand their technical skills and makes social students more interesting. “I like reading, but I like using the computers because we can be a little more active,” said 5th grade student Mason. Classmate Will added, “Using a computer is not boring. Reading from a plain old book is a little boring.”
Paper has almost been eliminated when the Chromebooks are used for a lesson, and students can share their work electronically with the teacher. “They can continue their learning at home and that’s what is happening,” said Mrs. Meyer. “They are excited about it. They can also Google share with each other so that encourages a lot of collaboration.” 5th grade student Mya said, “We get to work with our tables, and we are assigned a region to learn about. We get to make it colorful and make it our own. Then we share it with the class.”
The students also recognize that expanding their computer skills now will make the transition to middle school much easier next year. “From what I understand they use computers a lot in middle school,” explained 5th grader Will. “Mrs. Meyer says we will have to make presentations, so we already have a head start.”
Rogers principal Dr. Patrick Keenoy says the donation of Chromebooks shows the continuing collaboration between the school and the RPO. “Our parents understand the importance of technology in our classrooms, and this gift will have a lasting, positive impact on our students here at Rogers. We can’t thank them enough.”