After much research of individual computing devices for students, Spencer Community Schools has determined that Google Chromebooks provide fast, intuitive, and easy-to-manage computing. With Northwest Bank's gift, students and teachers will have access to 90 Chromebooks for classroom use.
Dean Jacobsen, Spencer Northwest Bank president, explained why Northwest Bank gets involved in education.
"Our youth are important to our future, and community banks have taken a leadership role in ensuring our youth are financially literate before they leave high school," Jacobsen said.
"Northwest Bank recently participated in the American Bankers Association's Teach Children to Save Day, which gives bankers a great way to get involved with our young community members. Northwest spent time in the classroom teaching students from elementary on up about finances. Northwest alone reached out to 1,800 students throughout the communities we serve."
"In addition, Northwest Bank sponsors a new web-based e-learning platform for our Spencer Community school students that is aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k's and other critical concepts," Jacobsen said.
Chromebooks save valuable learning and teaching time and require no special training. Each device boots in less than 8 seconds and has a student on the web in less than 20 seconds. Because Chromebooks are based on cloud technology, a student will never lose their files and will have access to them almost anytime and anywhere. Additionally, Chromebooks can be programmed to allow only safe, appropriate websites for students to use.
As a result of this pilot program, the Chromebooks are currently being used by some teachers as online textbooks with their students.