Each year the incoming class of freshmen at Evanston Township High School is issued Chrome Books, which are small inexpensive laptop computers. Now the Evanston Public Library and the two school districts are ready to tell parents what they’re doing with them.

On the surface, it appears that the computers are used by students to take notes, get assignments, and turn in homework, but school officials claim that teachers can actually tap into individual Chrome Books to see how a student is doing on that essay that’s due next week.

And what’s this “flipped classroom” that educators talk about, where the lecture material is accessed by students at home on their computers, while class time is used in discussion about that material?

To help parents find out what’s going on with this technological wonder, the educators have teamed up with the librarians to sponsor a Chrome Camp that anyone may attend.

It is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the main library at 1703 Orrington Ave.

Following an overview presentation, short demonstrations will put attendees in the student's seat, allowing them to experience first-hand how technology is integrated into their children's school life.

Topics covered include: Google Drive, Google Classroom, and navigating the endless possibilities of working in the Cloud. 

This event is intended for parents of ETHS and elementary school students, but all are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...