Touchscreen Chromebooks benefit high school students in many ways. They save money over time, make learning meaningful, personalize the learning experience, and prepare students for the future and the modern world. Integrating Chromebooks in high schools provides students the ability to reach a higher standard of learning. When students have the ability to achieve a better education, different career paths become more available and accessible.

If high schools were to integrate Chromebooks, they would save money on supplies for students. The average school spends $250 per student per year on textbooks and more than $43,000 per year on paper. Chromebooks would be a one-time cost, and they can be bought in bulk. At Best Buy, a touchscreen Chromebook costs from $260 to $330. Integrating Chromebooks would save on supplies like paper, ink, and printers. Instead of schools buying paper textbooks for students every year, they could buy online textbooks that cost only $100 per year. Many students have their own devices, which also could save schools money.

With Chromebooks, learning becomes more meaningful and focused. Teachers are more able to diagnose areas of struggle and can more readily implement plans to make corrections. Since students are able to bring Chromebooks home, they can communicate more quickly with teachers regarding questions on assignments.

Having Chromebooks in schools allows students to personalize their learning. Students are able to collaborate with each other on assignments and other work. Students can take notes and complete assignments however they like, making learning easier. A more-personalized education with Chromebooks allows students to enjoy what they are learning, as well as determine how best they learn. Students also have the flexibility to dig deeper into subjects that most interest them.

It could be questioned whether Chromebooks really benefit students in high school since they can cause distractions in class. Skeptics also could say that not every family has access to the internet at home, that the devices make cheating easier, and that they can decrease students’ writing skills.

However, any potential negative is outweighed by the importance of integrating technology into teaching methods and the positive impact such new methods have on student output.

With the integration of Chromebooks in high schools, students can be more prepared for the future since many jobs now employ computer technology. The use of Chromebooks in schools helps students become contributing global citizens and familiarizes them with the digital world.

Integrating Chromebooks would benefit high school students and their education. Chromebooks would save money over time, make learning more meaningful, personalize the learning experience, and prepare students for the future and for the modern world. Giving students the opportunity to use these devices in school would allow them to reach higher standards of learning, which would lead to more job opportunities.

Today’s investment in Chromebooks to augment the high school learning experience promises to provide a significant return well into the future.

Rachel Ronquist is a senior at Hermantown High School and the daughter of News Tribune Publisher Neal Ronquist. She wrote this originally as a project for a college-level composition class.