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Cape Central H.S. teachers get new laptops, students' on the way

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There are about 100 teachers at Cape Central High School. All of them have brand new laptop computers. There are about 100 teachers at Cape Central High School. All of them have brand new laptop computers.
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

There are about 100 teachers at Cape Central High School and all of them have brand new laptop computers.

Principal Mike Cowan says this is only the beginning.

"In January 2014, we will put a device, a laptop, a computer, a portable computer of some kind in the hands of every student in Cape Central High School," Cowan said. "In anticipation of that, today we are beginning training for our teachers in order that they may be equipped to know how to most effectively use that technology in their classrooms."

The money for the computers comes from the General Operational Budget. Some teachers say even though the price tag will be high, the computers will be worth the impact they'll have on student learning. Teacher Anna Perez says it's an adjustment for all teachers.

“I’m even a younger generation teacher than a lot of the other people here and so it’s a really scary transition for a lot of them going from the old fashion books and paperback things to everything electronic,” Perez said. "As frustrating and scary as it might be for us teachers at times, we have to realize that this generation of kids is much more familiar with tablets and electronic things like that than we are."

Don Farrow, Instructional technology specialist, says the new technology better prepares students for their futures.

"When you look at making students college and career ready, they're going to need these tools, they're going to need to know how to use these tools to be successful in college, to be successful in careers."

Cowan says it's moving the school into the future of education.

"Eventually our computers, our devices, will begin to replace our textbooks and so consequently it will make our information more accessible," Cowan said.

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