By Wyatt Goolsby
BIG SPRING - Learning with laptops. It's been a bit of challenge for Big Spring High School since the school-wide program started two years ago. Especially after a few students were looking up more than just homework on websites. On Wednesday, NewsWest 9 learned more on how staff has worked out the kinks.
"We say it's not our first rodeo, but I mean definitely the animal we're riding changes," Corey Wood, Big Spring ISD's Technology Director, said on Wednesday.
From Freshman to Seniors, dozens of students lined up to get their laptops, or more precisely, MacBooks. Officials were a month behind in passing them out to make sure programs and security was updated. What they don't want this year: a repeat of two years ago.
"The first year was really the learning year for us," Wood explained. "The first year, we let the students pretty much: 'Here's your laptop, do what you can do on it,' and we learned the hard way that's not what you do to high school kids."
Wood said in past years, they've seen a variety of problems, from student abuse to outright misuse.
"Students were downloading a lot of inappropriate stuff," Wood said. "They'll always find a way around a filter. So, we know when students do things that are inappropriate as well as we look at the things they do that are good."
Now that many past issues have been solved, it gives U.S. History teacher Virginia Miller another tool to use in the classroom. She told NewsWest 9 many students latch-on to that kind of visual learning.
"They may not be as good at reading the book or something, but if it's on the computer, than it's easier for them," Miller explained. "So by having a variety of tools, then they are successful in school."
Miller also said the school and taxpayer investment will pay off long after graduation.
"That's the way the world is going," Miller said. "That is a tool that they need to be able to use when they go out and get a job or go to College or whatever they're going to do in the future."