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Hundreds of Floyd County students receive free laptops as part of digital conversion

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email

MARTIN, Ky. (WYMT) - Floyd County Schools kicked off their digital conversion on Tuesday at May Valley Elementary by providing students with brand new backpacks and laptops.

All 5th and 9th grade students in the district now have their very own laptops.

Superintendent Henry Webb says, "A lot of our kids don't have this resource at home, parents have been very excited. We've been asked several times, is this really free?"

More than 1,000 laptops programmed and equipped by the technology department, giving students and teachers a new tool for learning.

5th grader Dylan Mosley says, "We are skyping with people from the early college academy."

Another student, Max Martin, says, "We are answering questions about The Revolutionary War."

Students say the digital conversion makes them excited to learn.

Martin says, "Instead of having a textbook, we are open to the whole world...if we are stuck on something we can research it."

"Makes me want to come to school more," says Dominac Conn.

Something teachers say is providing a whole new energy in the classroom.

Teacher Casandra Fulks says, "I've not had any problem keeping the kids on task, they are all working really hard."

Literally giving their students the world at their fingertips... school officials say a big part of the program is educating and making sure kids know the right and wrong ways to use technology.

In four years, officials say all students grades 5-12 will have their own laptops.

Superintendent Webb says the district anticipates spending $500,000 - $550,000 annually to provide these laptops ... which he says is possible through grants and redistributing funds.


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