Toss out the textbooks. The 352 students in the Ballico-Cressey School District are doing all their learning digitally now, and the transition has gone smoothly since it was implemented in mid-August.
“It’s nice to be on the cutting edge,” Superintendent-Principal Bryan Ballenger said. “It’s been worth the effort. We are seeing our kids growing beyond expectations. Students are moving through the system extremely fast.”
The district serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students in northeastern Merced County is using 195 Samsung Chromebooks for its fourth- through eighth-graders, 50 Samsung Galaxy tablets for kindergarteners and 140 netbooks, with few reliability issues reported. The Pearson educational software company is providing the online curriculum and training.