"First he started with the dagger of truth made by the best blacksmith in the world." That is how Hershey Elementary School fifth-grade student Rhett Pearson begins his story titled, The Mace King. It is one of many books he is writing this year using his own Google Chromebook in the classroom.
"Using the website Storybird to create books is one of their favorite activities," says teacher Jocelyn MacLaverty. "Students choose from a gallery of art to illustrate their books. I've seen some students who don't enjoy writing on paper really put a lot of effort and creativity into these online projects."
The TSC Technology Department piloted the program in one classroom in every elementary school last year. Due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, the corporation will begin equipping every third- through fifth-grade classroom with Chromebooks this fall.
"I use the Chromebooks to enhance what I have always taught," says MacLaverty. "It allows me to assign specific tasks to students based on their individual needs, and the students are so enthusiastic for writing, practicing math and reading on the computers."
When Rhett's story concludes, the hero finds the sword of destiny. And Rhett discovers a love for creative writing and his first book is published for the whole school to enjoy.