WYMT | Eastern KY | News, Weather, Sports

Lack of textbook funding prompts innovation at Jackson City School

Textbooks

Officials at Jackson City School in Breathitt County, Ky., are haveing to make hard-copy textbooks a thing of the past.

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - As the new school year gets underway across Kentucky, education officials are in a bind because state textbook funding has disappeared.

The newest state budget allocates no money for new textbooks.

But students at Jackson City School in Breathitt County may actually benefit from a lack of textbooks.

"We've not received any textbook funding through the state since the '09-'10 school year," JCS superintendent Tim Spencer said. So we thought that it was time to look at some different areas to change so that we would have updated textbooks in the kids' hands."

Those hands are now on iPads purchased through a grant.

"They will help us do better in school," Jarrod Coots, a sixth grader, said of the new gadgets. "You wouldn't really lose your notes that you study on and you wouldn't lose your homework."

And even though there's no funding for new textbooks, you won't hear students complain.

"It will be easier technology and better to type on and stuff," fourth grader Micah Henson said.

For the price of one textbook in hard copy, the school can purchase four or five educational apps for the iPad.

Plus, one educator said textbooks are nearly obsolete anyway.

"My theory on a textbook is, by the time it goes through the copyright process and publication, it's outdated," JCS academic specialist Wallace Bates said. "That's what I kind of see happening in textbooks."

Students also can't type on a textbook. Or access the internet for information. Or receive instant feedback from the teacher.

"I think it's cool because you don't have to worry about losing them and having to pay for them if you hurt them," said fourth grader Caleb Bates. "And you don't have to worry about writing on them."

By the looks of it, students at JCS are not missing that textbook funding one bit.

"The iPads will allow us to actually do the same type of instruction in multiple different ways," JCS chief information officer Jeff Coots said. "That gives them video interaction, quick feedback, and so forth."
The newest state budget allocates no money for new textbooks.

But students at Jackson City School in Breathitt County may actually benefit from a lack of textbooks.

"We've not received any textbook funding through the state since the '09-'10 school year," JCS superintendent Tim Spencer said. So we thought that it was time to look at some different areas to change so that we would have updated textbooks in the kids' hands."

Those hands are now on iPads purchased through a grant.

"They will help us do better in school," Jarrod Coots, a sixth grader, said of the new gadgets. "You wouldn't really lose your notes that you study on and you wouldn't lose your homework."

And even though there's no funding for new textbooks, you won't hear students complain.

"It will be easier technology and better to type on and stuff," fourth grader Micah Henson said.

For the price of one textbook in hard copy, the school can purchase four or five educational apps for the iPad.

Plus, one educator said textbooks are nearly obsolete anyway.

"My theory on a textbook is, by the time it goes through the copyright process and publication, it's outdated," JCS academic specialist Wallace Bates said. "That's what I kind of see happening in textbooks."

Students also can't type on a textbook. Or access the internet for information. Or receive instant feedback from the teacher.

"I think it's cool because you don't have to worry about losing them and having to pay for them if you hurt them," said fourth grader Caleb Bates. "And you don't have to worry about writing on them."

By the looks of it, students at JCS are not missing that textbook funding one bit.

"The iPads will allow us to actually do the same type of instruction in multiple different ways," JCS chief information officer Jeff Coots said. "That gives them video interaction, quick feedback, and so forth."


WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166165566 - wkyt.com/a?a=166165566
Gray Television, Inc.