JACKSON COUNTY STUDENTS RECEIVE PERSONAL LAPTOPS

March 23, 2015

Students in Jackson County have been anxiously waiting to get their hands on personal computers, and now that wait is over. At least, for some.

Officials recently handed out laptops to some kindergarten to third grade students. Officials hope these devices will benefit all of them, particularly disadvantaged students. "My thought was like, 'Woo! It came right through my head like they're here. It's finally happened'," Grand Ridge School Second Grader Sarah Maguire said. A thought most of Keesha Childs' Grand Ridge Elementary School second graders no doubt had, after receiving their own personal Intel Education two-in-one devices. "They got multiplication, addition, and subtraction and you get to do vocabulary on it," explained Isaiah Perkins.

Students received the computers as part of the $2 million "Digital Jackson - Students and Teachers Achieving with Technology" initiative. The hope is to close the achievement gap among disadvantaged students through technology. "I think that they're gonna be ready with these other places that already have them and it's gonna help our scores. It's gonna help get them ready for the real world," explained Childs. And using the devices will also be an ongoing learning process. "Some of them were uncertain. Maybe they haven't had this kind of device before. 

We're doing a program that helps all of us better know how to educate and use the 'Digital Jackson' incorporated in what we're using now," Childs detailed. For third grader Angelina Park, she says her tablet beats the heck out of using pencil and paper. "When my hand hurts, I have to keep on working and I really don't like that. You can easily do stuff on there. You can work on there and go on games, and you can learn stuff on those games," Parks said. Other kindergarten through third graders will receive their laptops in the coming weeks. Fourth to eighth grade students will receive their tablets later this year, and 9th to 12th graders in 2016. The state is requiring all students have personal computers by 2017.

 

"My thought was like, Woo! It came right through my head like they're here. It's finally happened."

Grand Ridge School Second Grader Sarah Maguire

"Some of them were uncertain. Maybe they haven't had this kind of device before. We're doing a program that helps all of us better know how to educate and use the 'Digital Jackson' incorporated in what we're using now," Childs detailed. For third grader Angelina Park, she says her tablet beats the heck out of using pencil and paper. "When my hand hurts, I have to keep on working and I really don't like that. You can easily do stuff on there. You can work on there and go on games, and you can learn stuff on those games," Parks said. Other kindergarten through third graders will receive their laptops in the coming weeks. Fourth to eighth grade students will receive their tablets later this year, and 9th to 12th graders in 2016. The state is requiring all students have personal computers by 2017.

"You can easily do stuff on there. You can work on there and go on games and you can learn stuff on those games." said Angelina 

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