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High Tech Laptop Learning

About 40 percent of traditional textbooks are now online, as well as most lessons and tests.  Source: WLBT About 40 percent of traditional textbooks are now online, as well as most lessons and tests. Source: WLBT
School officials say it's kept students more engaged, reducing discipline problems and boosting performance. Source: WLBT School officials say it's kept students more engaged, reducing discipline problems and boosting performance. Source: WLBT
Students are being given cases, sleeves or backpacks to protect the devices.  Source: WLBT Students are being given cases, sleeves or backpacks to protect the devices. Source: WLBT
CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Teaching and learning in metro area classrooms is going high tech this year. More and more districts are now implementing laptops into their daily lessons, as learning goes online.

Several thousand laptops are being prepared for students in the Clinton school district this week. They're the first district in the state to issue Macbooks and iPads to students in every grade, as part of their Digital Learning Initiative.

 "Our students were able to integrate the technology in their learning process," said Dr. Kameron Ball. "Teachers really embodied and embraced using this new form of delivery method and our parents were very encouraged by the increased communication."

About 40 percent of traditional textbooks are now online, as well as most lessons and tests.

School officials say it's kept students more engaged, reducing discipline problems and boosting performance.

"Those standardized tests are all going to be given via the computer, and online," said Dr. Ball. "We wanted to make sure our students were comfortable with that device as part of their learning."

"We bought 4,400 laptops," said Gavin Guynes. "We spent about 4 1/2 million for a 3 year investment."

Madison county schools, are also arming their high school students with laptops. Like in Clinton, parents are charged $50 for a yearly usage fee.

"Were trying to build the education for the student of the future, not for today," said Guynes. "We feel like, kids when they leave our K-12 institutions, go to college, they're going to be using online tools, so we want to go ahead and get them using them now."

Students are being given cases, sleeves or backpacks to protect the devices.

Surprisingly Clinton says they had very few problems last year. Just 6 devices out of thousands had to be replaced, because they were stolen or broken.

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