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Carl Junction Gets A New Educational Tool

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Soon teachers at Carl Junction High School will have to come up with a phrase other than "pencils and papers down". The school plans to give each student a laptop starting next school year, but it's teachers are getting an early start today.

Anne Nicolas has been a teacher for 30 years, and she says she's seen the evolution of technology in the classroom during that time. 

"I started teaching in the days that we had mimeograph machines," Nicolas said.
 
Starting next school year, all students at Carl Junction High School will have access to one of these. A brand new Google Chromebook.

"I do think it's very exciting, now I do think there are challenges, like trying to keep up with the kids and the cheating," Nicolas said.

Which is why the school is giving the Chromebooks to its teachers now.  It's Technology Director Marshal Graham says it'll help them work out kinks early, so starting next fall teachers will be fully equipped to help students drop the pencils and pick up a key board.

"The students will use technology in virtually every job in the future so for them to have one in their education is going to help them advance their career opportunities in the future," Graham said.

And they didn't make the decision without first consulting students, parents and staff. Ben Coltharp was a part of the planning committee for the project. He says he can't wait to ditch his spiral notebooks and having to take notes by hand.  

"I just like the idea of technology, I think a lot of the other students will also," Coltharp said.
 
And teachers say no longer will the excuse "I left my homework at home" be viable, but there may be a new set of excuses.

"Technology failure will have to be something they anticipate rather than relying on it as an excuse," Nicolas said.
 
But thankfully Nicolas and the other teachers at Carl Junction High School still have six more months before they have to worry about that.

The school is buying the chrome-books over a four-year period.     

For a link to Carl Junction High School's website, click here.

 

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