DARIEN — Fifth graders from Mrs. Thomas’ class at Tokeneke Elementary School ran the Board of Education meeting Sept. 20.

The meeting opened with a demonstration from Amanda Thomas’ class on how they use Chromebooks they have as part of a district technology initiative. On the projector, a student demonstrated how he uses Google classroom before his classmates dispersed amongst the attendees with their devices and sat side-by-side with the adults as they showed them how they use the devices throughout the day.

“I love it,” Thomas said of the program. “I’m impressed by how fluently they’re moving into a digital workplace.”

Students use Google Drive and Classroom on the devices to access their homework, work on writing assignments and see announcements and questions from their teacher. They can do things like write their own math problems and have their classrooms solve it or highlight key passages in a reading assigned to them. They can turn in their assignments and view feedback on it through this platform as well.

Thomas said the students went through a weeklong digital citizenship course this year before using they could use the devices.

“We learned what it meant to operate digitally,” she said. “We explained that information is shared with a larger audience now and learned how to you respond respectfully and safely.”

Thomas also added that she’d been impressed by how students responded to the first foray into digital lessons.

“They’re naturals,” she said. “They aren’t scared to try something out.”

The students themselves said they like the Chromebook’s touch screen capability and working with Google Classroom. While they can’t take their Chromebooks yet, they are able to access the programs they’re using at home through a Google account.

According to Dr. Dan Brenner, superintendent of Darien, the students will be able to get Chromebooks they take home in the upcoming months.

“In fifteen minutes, they only scratched the surface of what they know,” he said of the demonstrations.

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