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Students getting an education in technology

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Students at Hemlock Schools are getting a high-tech textbook this year: a Google Chrome laptop.

"I think it gives them the opportunity to use some real world tools to better their education," said Kyle Taylor, a third-grade teacher.

Teachers here said they've been lobbying to use more technology in the classroom and finally got the funding through a grant.  Taylor said Google Chrome books will give kids at Hemlock a leg up.

"I think it really gives them an advantage compared to schools in other districts," Taylor said.

Teachers said students will be able to complete assignments online.  It’s one of the only school districts that are doing this right now. And teachers say it will better prepare kids for the technology world we live in.

"Each student will have a Google Chrome book at their fingertips," said Hemlock Schools Superintendent Donald Killingbeck.

Killingbeck said it’s called the One-To-One Initiative. Kids in grades three, five, seven and nine will use them in the classroom starting this fall.

"By preparing them for their future and not our past... we'll be meeting their needs and better preparing them for the workforce and their future life," Killingbeck said.

But Killingbeck said just because the school is getting more tech savvy, doesn't mean kids won't still get the old-fashioned basics

"Our focus is not just launching this technology initiative, it’s also ensuring that our students have the good graces of their grandparents, to be able to interact with others and be successful and able to collaborate with one another."

Hemlock teachers said it’s important to combine both new-school and old-school tools in the classroom

"It gives our students great experience for life in general," said Jennifer Whitford, a ninth-grade teacher.

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