Illinois school district to issue Chromebook to high school freshmen and sophomores

Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, freshmen and sophomore high school students in Grayslake, Illinois will be issued Chromebooks for their schoolwork as part of a new 1-to-1 device program. Following a number of device pilot programs and network infrastructure expansion, Grayslake Community High School District 127 settled on Chromebooks as the best digital tool for their system. Students will use the computers with a wide range of web apps designed around their lessons.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"Our goal as a high school district is to always find the best possible instructional resource," Finger said. "We gave ourselves some time to find the right tool, and I'm really glad we're going with the Chromebooks."

Initially, the district will purchase 1,425 Chromebooks for their students, who will in turn be able to purchase them by making payments year to year. The payments for a Chromebook will amount to around $380.

Before deciding on Chromebooks, the Grayslake district conducted pilots with iPads, phones, and other devices. It was not specified which Chromebook models had been purchased by the district.