Stone Creek Elementary School students will soon have access to 100 more Chromebook Flips, thanks to $30,000 of Title 1 funding.
The laptops, which can also be used as tablets, should arrive any day, said Walker County Board of Education's Title I, III, ESOL & Homeless Liaison Coordinator Phaedra Roberts, adding that the ordering was approved at a recent October board of education meeting.
"The Chromebooks will be used to provide effective timely assistance in mathematics and reading," Roberts said. "Purchasing more Chromebooks helps teachers use these software resources with more students."
Stone Creek Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Ashley said the 100 Chromebooks means the school has reached its goal of having one tablet for each student through its 1-to-1 initiative started in 2015.
The 497 students at Stone Creek Elementary School all take part in Google Classroom lessons that pertain to mathematics and reading daily and all students have Google log-ins, she said.
"This initiative was all inspired by our assistant principal, Amy Ashley," said Principal Brandon Mosgrove. " It's amazing how these kids can manipulate and work and understand through technology better than through a traditional classroom."
The new Chromebooks, which bring the total number available to students up to 415, will go primarily to first-graders, said Ashley. Mosgrove said the donation means there will be a Chromebook in the hands of each first- through fifth-grader at the school, explaining that the kindergartners use iPads previously purchased for their in-school lessons.
"Stone Creek has planned to implement more Chromebooks as more financial resources become available," Roberts said. "The Chromebooks support the Stone Creek Elementary School-wide Title 1 plan. Title 1 schools have to have a school-wide plan with attendance data, academic achievement data and other data that tells why some students are not performing as high as others.
"Stone Creek has had a great increase in academic achievement and was recognized as a Reward School in 2016. The school received a flag and road signs for being named a Reward School."
Reward Schools are Title I schools that fall into one of two categories: a Highest-Performing School or a Highest-Progress School.
Stone Creek is among the latter, meaning it is among the 10 percent of the state's Title I schools with the most improvement over three years on the statewide assessments.