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Greater Clark seeks to close the 'digital divide'

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The Samsung Chromebook which is being issued to Greater Clark County students. The Samsung Chromebook which is being issued to Greater Clark County students.
Parents and students standing in line to receive the Chromebooks. Parents and students standing in line to receive the Chromebooks.
Kenneth Dinger Kenneth Dinger
Rosa Dinger Rosa Dinger
Debbera Fews being shown the new Samsung Chromebook by her son. Debbera Fews being shown the new Samsung Chromebook by her son.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - As they prepare to head back to school, more than 8,000 students in the Greater Clark County School system have received new laptop computers.

Monday, families filled out paperwork and stood in long lines for a chance to get their hands on a shiny, new Samsung Google Chromebook. 

Every kid from 3rd grade to 12th is a Chromebook, but just like with computers in the school buildings kids will have restricted access to certain websites. Also, they are not supposed to have food and drink around the devices.

The technology is really important for some students who have never had a computer in the home before. Mow it's getting those kids past the digital divide.

"It's actually kind of fun for me because it'll be a new experience for me and in school, I think it would be much more fun," said Kenneth Dinger, an incoming freshman at Jeffersonville High School.

"It'll be really cool to do your homework on, instead of pencils and paper," said Rosa Dinger, Kenneth's sister, whose heading into 7th grade.

Teachers are going to meet at least three times before the school year starts for professional development so they can get better acquainted with the computers.

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