Cool at School: BK middle school students go digital

Posted: Updated:
SUNSET PARK -

A Brooklyn middle school is providing its students will laptops for all of their assignments.

Our Lady of Perpetual Hope Catholic Academy in Sunset Park acquired a grant last year, and bought 80 Google Chromebooks for its students to use.

Junior high students started using them for all subjects in September.

Principal Margaret Tyndall says it's made a huge difference.

"Simple things like writing an essay, sending it to their teacher, having her correct it and having her send it back to them all in one day is phenomenal," she says.

The laptops also help teachers cut back on small tasks, staff say. 

"I was giving a presentation and I realized I didn't have to make photocopies of my PowerPoints to give to the students," teacher Marcela Chavez says. 

In a school where 60 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch, students say they're happy to have the new devices.

“I feel privileged, and I think my classmates do too," Brandon Aragon says.

Tyndall says they eventually want the younger grades to get the laptops too.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    Photos: Aftermath of NYC subway pipe bombing

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

    A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour.   Images via Getty.

  • Photos: First snowfall of the season in NYC

    Photos: First snowfall of the season in NYC

    Sunday, December 10 2017 12:48 PM EST2017-12-10 17:48:45 GMT

    The first snowfall of the season arrived in New York on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, transforming city streets into scenes from a wintry postcard.

    The first snowfall of the season arrived in New York on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, transforming city streets into scenes from a wintry postcard.

  • Photos: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere in L.A.

    Photos: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premiere in L.A.

    the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at The Shrine Auditorium on December 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

    Sights and scenes at the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

    Sights and scenes at the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' at the Shrine Auditorium on Dec. 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."