Larue County High School 2 By: Shelby Sull ivan Responsibil ity 3 By: Josh Jones ECTC 4 By: Torrence Maxberry College Bound 5 By: Brittany Carman Teens and Seatbelts 6 By: Jennifer Boone Distracted Much 7 By: Chelsea LeeRedman Intermediate License 8 By: Nathan Fulk Cheerleading a Sport? 9 By: Niccole Carter Days at Camp 10 By: Tyler Litton Teens and the Media T h e T a l k o f t h e H a w k November 22,2010 Little Blue Dell How new laptops at LCHS make learning interesting. Erika Bowles Inside this issue: FFA Volume 1, Issue 1 We see these little, blue laptops in the hallways every day now. For some students at LCHS, October 16 was the first time they had ever owned a laptop. For a fee of $20, they get to use a Dell Latitude 2110 issued by the school for personal and academic usage. This new learning initiative gives infinite possibilities to what teachers can do in the classroom. Being connected with technology used to be forbidden in school, but now, administrators and teachers encourage it. Programs such as DyKnow and V-Class make incorporating technology into daily lesson plans simple and efficient. Teachers such as Jaime Smith have encouraged students to transfer over all of their notes written on paper to their laptop. This will give them access to everything completed in the first nine weeks of the school year without a student having to carry a binder to class, along with their laptop. “We do assessments online to provide students with immediate feedback, daily Bellringer activities online, for our class it has opened up the ability to be more inquisitive about the topics we are discussing, and I think this is just the start of the possibilities of what we are going to be able to do when we get more familiar with it,” Smith explains. “I‟m proud to be in a district who has been a leader in an initiative such as this rather than a follower.” The reality of it is most students can type faster than they can write. This increases the amount of work that can be completed and the amount of notes that can be taken. Also, instead of teachers being forced to leave their classrooms to make copies, they can simply post an assignment or reference sheet on V-Class or use DyKnow to wirelessly send it to a student‟s computer. These programs also give teachers monitoring abilities that always seemed out of reach. These are no longer possibilities, but actualities. Of course, nothing positive comes without negatives. Students who do not bring their laptops to class are given an alternate assignment which does not require a laptop. If a student‟s laptop has technical difficulties, they are given a temporary laptop to use until theirs is repaired. These repairs fall back on Freddie Newby, Theresa Banks, Paul Richardson and Matt Wise, with assistance from selected students enrolled in a course entitled “Help Desk”. They have been trained to resolve common issues that arise with the Dell Laptops. “The most common problems we see are students incorrectly typing their email address, accidentally turning off their wireless, and turning off their battery charger,” says Banks. They have anticipated “for the most part, all of the problems they have encountered. There was one they didn‟t see coming, though. “One student got milk behind his screen. It was in there for a few days and it stank to high heavens,” banks continues. Overall though, she believes LCHS will have a jump on other schools and students will be more prepared for college. “My daughter is in college and she uses her laptop for everything.” The new learning initiative gives a whole new meaning to the word “teaching.” Students are more cooperative and focus more on what they are supposed to be paying attention to. Teachers can block out certain programs with DyKnow and it gives them the ability to “make students pay attention.” It adds a new aspect to learning and prepares students for the use of computers in college and beyond. This entire article was researched and written on a “Little Blue Dell.” 11 By: Laura Despain Tatted Up 12 By: Luther Despain School Lunches 13 By: Katelyn Edwards Shoes By: Brandon Druen 16 The tech people that work on the laptops: Freddie Newby, Paul Richardson, Theresa Banks and Matt Wise.