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Poplar Bluff school leaders get laptops for students

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Right now the school has 100 and the pilot program rotates the software among the 8th grade students. Right now the school has 100 and the pilot program rotates the software among the 8th grade students.
Students get a chance to use the Macbooks in various classes during the rotation including Math, English, Social Studies, and Science. Students get a chance to use the Macbooks in various classes during the rotation including Math, English, Social Studies, and Science.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

A digital conversion is on the way for Poplar Bluff public schools. Administrators say they are on a mission to put a laptop in the hands of every 7th – 12th grader by the 2014-2015 school year.

"We feel this will take our students into the 21st century," said Superintendent Chris Hon. "Eventually we don't want kids taking home six textbooks, just one Macbook."

After studying programs in North Carolina Schools, Hon made the move to bring the Macbooks to the Junior High School. Right now they have 100 and the pilot program rotates the software among the 8th grade students.

"We know we are one of the first schools in the Southeast Missouri area to do this," said Hon. "We want to compete with any school globally and prepare our kids for college. It's so awesome to see how excited our teachers and students are. We think we are going to see positive outcomes in discipline, graduation, student performance and also how they apply all these things to higher level skills."

"We are learning more but it's so fun it doesn't feel like it at all," said 8th grade student, Madison Decker.

Decker and her classmates spent Monday working on an iMovie and ‘fakebook' page for the president of their choice.

"It's a neat way to learn about history," said Taylor Wiseman, another 8th grade student.

"The Macbooks make it so easy," said 8th grade student, Jaid Sanders. "If we were using a text book we would have to look everything up, we would have to search for pictures and it would be so much harder."

"This puts all out kids on the same playing field," said Language Arts teacher Candace Warren. "They have totally blown my mind. We don't want to give them up when our rotation is over and neither do the kids."

Students get a chance to use the Macbooks in various classes during the rotation including Math, English, Social Studies, and Science.

"It's made math a lot easier for me because it gives really good examples on the program we use through a website," said Sanders.

These kids grew up on technology, so to them learning on a laptop makes almost every concept easier and fun.

"It's never boring," said Decker.

Teacher say they saw results quickly.

"Every time technology is used in the classroom, test scores go up," said Social Studies teacher Kathy Beck. "It would be so awesome if we can get these for every student in the next few years. The difference in our classes and the level of engagement of the students is just phenomenal."

Now it all comes down to funding. Administrators will take the initiative before the school board in the spring. Hon says the district is already planning ways to reallocate money that would have gone towards supplies and text books. Hon says parents, students, and staff would also be trained further as they work to make the Macbooks a part of the future of the Poplar Bluff curriculum.

"We are really looking forward to future of learning and all the possibilities this technology could bring to our district," said Hon.

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