Classrooms Embracing Social Media

Lauren Williams's picture
Friday, August 17, 2012

No longer are tech devices forbidden in Northwest Indiana schools as many were a few short years ago.

Now, more region students are taking advantage of the full social networking platform that includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and texting, as well as their own school-issued computer — and using that technology in the classroom.

This will be the first year Tri-Creek School Corp. offers take-home laptops to about 900 Lowell middle and 1,200 high school students, said Jay Blackman, Tri-Creek's director of information and educational technology.

Tri-Creek joins the School Town of Munster in its computer take-home program. The Lake Ridge Schools and the School City of Hobart also offer a one-to-one computer program, and Hobart also allows students to bring their own device. The School City of East Chicago offered take-home laptops for a while, but then canceled the program because of the large number of lost and stolen units.

Union Township School Corp. Superintendent John Hunter said Porter County superintendents have discussed offering students computers, but no school district in the county is offering it at this time.

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