Conway Junior High students are preparing for the future now, thanks to a federal and state grant that allowed for Smart Boards in every classroom and netbooks for every student.
The Conway Junior High School was awarded $200,000 through an eMINTS grant. The grant was used to turn the
junior high into a technology-rich learning environment, and some of the grant went toward training teachers on how to use the new technology.
“The technology is really good for the kids. It really helps us out and allows us to bring them into the modern world, so to speak, and prepare them, as 21st Century adults, to go out there and compete against those kids coming out of India and China, where technology is crammed down those kids 24/7,” said Steve Kirkwood, eMINTS coordinator and CJHS social studies teacher.
Among the items that now fill the CJHS are 114 netbooks (a smaller laptop), which amounts to 27 netbooks per core classroom and eight netbooks for special services. Each student will also receive a set of headphones for the netbooks so that interactive multimedia programs won’t disturb other students when they are in use. To accommodate the new way of learning through computers, most of the desks were removed from classrooms and replaced with long tables so the students can sit at the tables with their netbooks.
Teachers aren’t left out in the distribution of computers. There are also five netbooks for the teachers with a docking station.
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