More mobile computers at Lee County schools

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 5/16/2013 5:13 pm
SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) - Beth Barnes teaches Shannon High students with the help of new tablets.

The wireless computers are used in a number of ways in the classroom to assist with this day's lesson.

Barnes said, "It gives them an opportunity to stay in the classroom and do their research papers or anything else without having to move from the classroom to the library. It's convenient, but yet we've got the world at our fingertips. That's something totally new here, and we're excited."

It's new here and at schools around Lee County.

Federal dollars were recently used to buy more than 100 new laptops, more than a dozen computer charging and storage carts, as well as the installation of Wi-Fi at all campuses.

The students say having the computers in their hands and in their classroom, instead of a limited number in the school library, is a big plus.

Senior Blake Ethridge said, "We don't have to go to the library and be all spread out. We can be close together and help each other learn."

Senior Brittany Plunkett said, "If we don't understand words, we look up the meanings. We look up research, facts or anything that pertains to the subject we're working on."

These computers are in addition to Nooks which are used mainly for downloading books.

Wi-Fi continues to be installed at Shannon and at schools around Lee County. It's expected to be fully operational by next school year.

School district leaders say this is a project that's been brought on by implementation of Common Core State Standards as well as state testing going online.

Students and teachers say they're just glad their school continues to expand its technology offerings.

Senior Danielle Lamb said, "The teacher tells us to grab a tablet and look up something. It makes us want to get more involved in what she's talking about."

Teacher Beth Barnes said, "They are very tech savvy. They're ready to learn."

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