MOORE COUNTY -- Students at one Moore County High School are now able to put down the paper and pencil and work solely with technology. On Friday, a group of students at North Moore High School in Robbins were given Chromebooks as part of the county's one-to-one computer initiative.
For science teacher Kate Dunkelgod, these new Chromebooks placed in each one of her student's hands means they will now learn and engage even more.
"This is paperless, which I love as a teacher. So one student will have the lab report up on one screen and on the other screen, the simulation or the lab will keep going and they can talk and interact together,” said science teacher Kate Dunkelgod.
It's all part of a pilot program to figure out which devices students like best, and by 2016, the district plans to give a computer device to each student in Moore County Schools, preparing each one of them for the road ahead.
"In a couple years they are graduating in a whole new world where they will be immersed in this digital technology. But not only that. When they go to get a job or apply to college, employers and college registrars are really looking at their presence online,” said Steve Johnson, Moore Co. digital integration facilitator.
And so far, the students are loving it. It's a faster way to work, and they say they are learning more along the way.
"It's a whole lot different, but it's easier at the same time because it's faster, and while she is doing the typing, I can be over here looking up stuff, and then I can go back to it. It's just a whole lot easier,” said student Amaris Avlos.
"You have to think a little more when you do this, because it's the Internet. You have to go to different places to get certain things, it's just not in one place,” said student Khalif Maness.
The devices were funded by Moore County commissioners and Moore County Schools. School Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence says they are working with state legislatures and county commissions on a funding source to continue this initiative in the years ahead.