Ernest Ward Students Praise Chromebooks In Superintendent Meeting

February 28, 2017

Chromebooks are hit at Ernest Ward Middle School.

That’s the word from several Ernest Ward students that recently had the chance to take part in an impromptu meeting with Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas about the program that puts a Chromebook  computer in the hands of every student.

“They give the power to us,” one student said, “the power to access the information we need when and where we need it.”

“I love having everything in one place,” another student told Thomas. Several students said they like having all of their school books on one computer, rather than dragging around heavy printed books for each class.

When asked about internet access issues, one student said she does not have internet access for her Chromebook at one parent’s house. But she said she uses the internet service on her phone to run the Chromebook and do her assignments.

Students with no home internet access are able to download assignments and needed materials at school before they head home each day.

The students at Ernest Ward Middle School have had their Chromebooks since Christmas break.

Pictured top: Escambia School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas (left) listens to a group of Ernest Ward Middle School discuss their new Chromebooks. Pictured inset and below: EWMS students work on their Chromebooks in the cafeteria before school. photos, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “Ernest Ward Students Praise Chromebooks In Superintendent Meeting”

  1. David Huie Green on February 28th, 2017 10:29 pm

    I am glad they are getting good value.

    Google is one example that you don’t get what you pay for since you pay nothing for it, you get much, much from it.

    The Chromebooks cost money but very little comparatively speaking and replace more expensive sources.

    David for a better world & those who better it

  2. anne 1of2 on February 28th, 2017 12:31 pm

    One good thing.they all know how to type, lol.

  3. Jack Smith on February 28th, 2017 6:17 am

    People think the attraction to Chromebooks is price. Yes that is a plus. But it really is that they are simply a better solution.

    For almost 2 years now been replacing my kids Macbooks as they wear down with Chromebooks. One of the smartest things I have done. I hand the Chromebook to one of my kids and never hear back. Being the house admin (not paid and did not ask for job) I could not be happier.

    I view Windows the bottom and then a step up is MacOS and then the top tier is ChromeOS. This is in terms of my time being required.

    We do have Windows exclusively on very high-end machines for my hardcore gaming kids. But these same kids do all of their “real” work including school work all on Chromebooks.

    My 2nd oldest is in a CS University program and all his software he does in Crouton on a Chromebook. He has a 4790k, RX480, etc PC!

    Until MS modifies Windows to improve the user and admin experience I do not believe any price is going to make a difference, IMO.