DeSoto County students use special laptops to learn - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Chip Washington

DeSoto County students use special laptops to learn

HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - When you walk into Tanya Musselwhite's classroom at Oak Grove Central Elementary School, you will see children busy working - with their fingers.

"The wonderful thing about the Neo 2's is they excite the children about reading and writing," Musselwhite said Wednesday.

The Neo 2 laptop computers are part of a pilot program at Oak Grove, purchased as part of a $15,000 grant donation by the Alcoa Foundation. Two classes are using the laptops, which focus primarily on language skills, writing, grammar and key boarding.

Lakevun Moore is learning a lot.

"I learned how to type real fast, how to learn real words, and larger words and long words," he said.

Musselwhite says students are more engaged and really good at the new technology.

"They are very technology oriented," she said.  "We compete everyday with Nintendo DS and computers, so this is on the level of the Nintendo DS and the computers, so this motivates them more.>

Emily Graham says the computers beat the old pencil and paper routine anytime.

"I like it, because once you type it, you don't have to write all day and stuff," she said. "All you have to do is type it, and it's fun because were used to pencil and paper and it's something new for us."

The students received the computers last October.  The district's goal is to have one set of computers at each elementary school for use in either third, fourth or fifth grade classes.

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