Latest technology takes over Dougherty co. classrooms

Latest technology takes over Dougherty co. classrooms
Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - It's never too early to prepare your child for the workforce and the Dougherty County School System says they're doing just that.

Students are receiving new technology that teachers believe will give them a head start after graduation.

Last year, the school board approved using close to $14 million of SPLOST funds to purchase new laptops and tablets for students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade.

The district did a pilot implementation at a few schools, studying how the technology affected the classroom learning environment.

DCSS also took lessons from other districts that launched large-scale technology efforts.

Now, they're distributing the new tablets and laptops to schools, which allows students to have access to apps and programs that keep them engaged in the learning process.

Teachers said they're most excited about being able to individualize a student's assignment based on his or her learning level.

"So in a classroom with 30 kids, you could be reading on grade level or not reading on grade level. But your teacher is able to individualize it on your particular device so nobody knows," said Coordinator of Institutional Improvement Cheryl Smith.

And although some parents were skeptical of the new tablets, saying that kids could easily get distracted and off-track, teachers said they have the power to see what each student is doing at all times.

Cyber-bullying was also a topic of discussion when implementing the new tablets into the school environment.

Smith said each device has filtering software to look for key phrases when students are engaging in any sort of inappropriate behavior.

So far, they've distributed tablets and laptops to three schools, with an end goal to have all devices distributed by December.

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