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Boaz Middle School students get Chromebooks

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BOAZ, AL (WAFF) -

Education in one Boaz middle school is moving into the 21st century.

On Thursday, school officials began handing out Chromebooks to all the students at Boaz Middle School. School officials say doing work online is the way of the future, and students say they enjoy it.

Approximately 560 students stood in line to be assigned a Chromebook.

School officials say they were purchased several months ago, and teachers have been skilled on how to use them in the classroom. School officials say while some schools like to use iPads or laptops, the Chromebooks are cheaper and simpler to use for web-based online instruction.

The school’s principal says it's just another tool for teachers to use

“We will have a blended approach to using traditional learning and traditional note taking by hand but we are going to integrate note taking by using Google Docs, Google Slides and things like that,” said Boaz Middle School Principal Richard Rutledge.

But for students, it's a preferred way of learning.

“Class will go a lot faster and you will get a lot more out of your everyday classes because you will get to work independently and not have to listen to the teacher say it right off a PowerPoint. You will get to actually learn it yourself," said student Jenna Pierce.

Rutledge anticipates the students will use the night to charge the Chromebooks up and will begin using them in class Friday morning.

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