Paden City Schools Get Laptops
Paden City Elementary School has taken the first step towards full integration of laptop computers into their education system. Thanks to the support of the Board of Education and the community, the Paden City students grades three through 12 will have their own personal laptop for use. Grades five through 12 will have the ability to take their personal computers home with them in an effort to make access to their educational programs a 24/7 option. The computers will also use the same filter that the school uses to prohibit cyber wandering or visiting sites that would be deemed inappropriate. The county has purchased 2,150 laptops and 450 tablets all leased on a four year agreement, allowing every students full time access to educational programs.
The computers have certain programs set on them for educational usage – such as mathematics and reading programs. There are math, science, and language based programs available through Education City.
The children instantly took to their computers and seemed to already know what to do. One could obviously see how technology and the education system have grown and become intricately intertwined with each other.
Students can now check out library books directly from their computers! Plus, there should be no excuses for unfinished homework with 24/7 access. The laptops themselves have been built to withstand dropping, throwing, and any of the abuse that a child may inflict on them.
“We are excited to provide this opportunity to our students and this instructional tool to our teachers. These devices will allow students to be users of technology instead of consumers. We wouldn’t be here without the support of the Wetzel County Board of Education, Superintendent Ed Toman, and the generous support of the citizens of Wetzel County,”stated Ben McPherson, County Technology Supervisor of Wetzel County.