Students at Tipton-Rosemark get laptops to help them learn

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MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - In just a few months, every student at Tipton-Rosemark Academy will get a laptop to help them in the learning process.

"There's no fear. This is the digital age and kids turn it on and say, 'I understand it won't break, so I'm going to push buttons and see what happens,'" said assistant principal Dr. Justin Whitmer.

700 laptops will be delivered to the school this summer, just in time for the new school year. The MacBooks will be available for every student in grades one through 12.

For eleventh-grader Colt Terhune, the laptops couldn't come at a better time.

"I normally bring my laptop one to two times a week to school when I know I'm gonna have free time, so I can do things just for school," he said.

The laptops are available to students at a lease of $400 per year.

Teachers hope to see better test scores and say the computers will give students a chance to engage in their own learning process.

"It does give a new format to present content, but you also have a way for students going and searching content and finding ideas for themselves," chemistry teacher Amy Shaver said.

"I have no organization skills so if I can keep things...its a lot easier to keep up with something on a computer than it is in binders," added Jeremy Robertson, an eleventh grade student.

Groups of students will train on the new computers this summer.

Then, the so-called "Mac Packs" will train teachers and other students about the new technology.

"There's no longer an excuse for lost homework, because it should be right there on your computer," said continues.

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