East High students get Chromebooks as part of ... 1:1 initiative


By Amanda Tonoli

atonoli@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Krish Mohip, Youngstown City Schools CEO, announced the rollout of the district’s 1:1 initiative Wednesday, providing about 600 East High School students with a $200 Chromebook to use during school.

The initiative is a part of Mohip’s strategic program to improve students’ technology skills.

“We want to make sure our students know how to communicate via technology,” he said.

John LaPlante, school district chief information officer, credited all of the staff, teachers and students who have done the “phenomenal job they’ve done getting the school ready for the rollout.”

Mohip said the rollout is part of the preparation for getting Youngstown city students equipped with “21st century skills.”

LaPlante agreed.

“College and career readiness are extremely important to us,” he said. “There really aren’t too many jobs or careers today that don’t rely on technology in some way and that’s what we’re trying to do – teach [students] the use of technology. Not just sharing on social media, Facebook or posting Instagram pictures, but having [students] really use technology in a collaborative environment with the other students and with the teachers.”

Senior class adviser and physics teacher Traci Cain said the Chromebooks are useful for instructional purposes and for communication among students and teachers.

“Every senior can take out their Chromebook, enter in a code and get to see everything pertaining to the senior class,” she said. “We’ll be adding scholarship information that will be available to them soon.”

Cain added the 1:1 initiative is simply “awesome.”

“It benefits teachers, students and more,” she said. “Instead of wasting paper we can just upload it there. I wish we had it earlier.”

This celebration is a change from this time last year.

On March 8, 2016, police removed several East High students from the school following a series of fights that broke out during school that morning. Officers used chemical spray to break up the skirmishes and school was closed for that day and the next.

“The East High School of today is not the same place that it was a year ago,” Mohip said.

“The Chromebooks issued to students is just one example. We’re providing our students with technology so they can be prepared for college or the workforce upon graduation.”

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