GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) - Textbooks will soon be a thing of the past for one high school in Gibson County.
Starting this fall, students at Gibson Southern High School will be swapping textbooks for Chromebooks.
"The first time we walked into classes with it, everyone was huddled around looking at it, wanting to know what it does," student Michael Parrish says.
It's a Chromebook, much like that of a laptop, and as Gibson Southern transitions to an online learning system, each student will have one.
"Coming from like a small town, there's certain advantages that bigger schools have that we don't. This is one advantage that I feel like we're getting back," student Anna Sorge says. "So much of college expects that you know this online stuff and I feel like it gives us a good edge."
It's a way to communicate, watch lectures, and access schoolwork 24/7. It will change the way teachers like John Spradley, interact with their students.
"If I have a handout that I want to give to students, we're not going to kill trees and waste ink. I'll put it into schoology and they'll be able to get it there," Spradley says. "As far as changing teaching, students will be able to access this from home. There's no more dog ate my homework."
The students will pay a fee each semester and by the end of their high school, the Chromebooks will be theirs to keep.