August 18, 2014 By Jeremy P. Kelley, McClatchy News Service
Kettering and Beavercreek schools are using $12 million in state grants to buy computer devices for most of their students, West Carrollton is upgrading its Wi-Fi network, and Springboro is converting to some online textbooks in grades 6-12.
Schools say the changes can help increase student performance, save money in the long run and make students more comfortable with online learning and testing.
Kettering City Schools this year received an $8.3 million grant from the state’s Straight A Innovation Fund. The money will be used to upgrade library media centers this year, give each student access to a Google Chromebook or LearnPad tablet next year, and gradually increase distance-learning options with Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton.
“Shoot for the moon was exactly what we were thinking,” said Dru Miller, Kettering’s director of instructional services. “We put together a wish list of, ‘What do we think would have a strong impact on student achievement in this district?’ ”