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Chromebooks given to all Windham Tech freshman

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Chromebooks given to all Windham Tech freshman (WFSB) Chromebooks given to all Windham Tech freshman (WFSB)

On Friday, freshman at Windham Technical School received all new Chromebooks.

The goal is to use the laptops as a tool to engage students, and all 115 students were given one.

“It's really exciting because I've been waiting,” said student Glory Lynn Zaccaria.

"I feel privileged to have it. My brother is pretty jealous; he's a sophomore so I have that,” said student James Balogh.

The Chromebooks are being doled out to freshman at all of the 17 technical schools in the state, thanks to money budgeted aside by the Connecticut Technical High School system.

Administrators said they hope the laptops will enrich the classroom experience and teach students the importance of being digitally literate.

“The chromebook allows for collaboration...student to student...teacher to student...and it allows for timely feedback.  It's a transformation in terms of moving away from paper,” said Windham Technical High School Principal Mark Ambruso.

The excited students said they have already figured out how they will use the devices.

"We had to find out how to make a screw and manufacturing which we'd do in the field.  We had to make sure the dimensions were right.  The clockwise threads and everything," Balogh said.

"When we were students the world was a different place.  Right now we need to meet the students where they are and technology is that point,” Ambruso said.

For the next three years, all incoming freshman will receive the technology until there is one Chromebook for every student.

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