Chromebook lab creates a new dimension at OCS

March 6, 2015

ocs chromebooks -3HART — Oceana Christian School and the Community Foundation for Oceana County Youth Advisory Council have worked together to bring an upgraded dimension to Oceana Christian School students.

Last fall, OCS introduced a new Chromebook lab with computers provided in part by a grant from YAC.

Chromebooks are laptops that use Internet-based software to function with speed and safety in a classroom environment. These computers have allowed OCS to teach on a whole new level.

The updated technology curriculum includes not only typing and basic computer use, but also digital citizenship and appropriate use of computers; cell phones; the Internet, etc.  Upper grades also have exposure to careers in technology and some basic computer coding. More topics are being added as the program develops.

Classes are taught throughout the school, from kindergarten to eighth grade. Middle school students now use these computers to study other subjects, such as language arts and history. Students are using Google Docs and Google Slides for assignments, and the computers are ocs chromebooks -2integrated into the traditional curriculum. Seventh and eighth grades are even using movie-making software to create documentaries.

While most young people today are comfortable with technology, they do not know much about how a computer works. In a society that depends more and more on the use of computers, OCS recognizes that the opportunity to understand and properly use a computer has become extremely valuable. Moreover, there is a growing need for employees in the field of computer science. Who knows if the next Bill Gates is currently an OCS fifth grader? OCS staff is excited to give students a jump start on their futures while having fun at the same time.

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