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Chambersburg Area Schools Use Digital Homework Dropbox

"You know, it's maybe not where all the teachers live but it's where the kids live. If they can hit file, save, upload to eBackpack their assignment's done and it's saved digitally and they can access it anywhere."

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Homework is going paperless with eBackpack, a new online classroom program, where students and teachers can upload and access assignments digitally. The Career Magnet School piloted the program last year and now the entire school district is using it.

"Turning in assignments is a lot easier, because you know you don't have to worry about losing your papers or your dog eating it," said Michaela Miller, 10th grader at Career Magnet School.

"And it's nice for our teachers too because they kind of have everything in one place," said Chris Barnabei, librarian at Career Magnet School. "And with a finger or stylus they can write on the document, leave comments and leave a grade."

eBackpack is an online classroom program for students and teachers to digitally store, share and grade assignments. Plus it's free for students to use.

"And it's safe. And I think that's piece we really like about it, it's a safe place to have digitally, no one else is in there, the data's secure, it's very protected and only school based data around classes and course content," said Chris Bigger, Director of Educational Programming.

eBackpack also has unlimited storage so as a student finishes the school year or their time in the school district, they'll have a digital portfolio of all their work.

"It's a great solution for kids, it's where they live," said Bigger. "You know, it's maybe not where all the  teachers live but it's where the kids live. If they can hit file, save, upload to eBackpack their assignment's done and it's saved digitally and they can access it anywhere."

eBackpack is the primary tool at the Career Magnet School where everything is digital. Other area schools are integrating eBackpack with traditional paper assignments and grading methods.

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