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9/18/07 -Ore City

Ore City Middle School 7th Graders Get Personal Laptop Computers

A Texas Technology Immersion Pilot grant is giving a group of East Texas seventh graders a chance to have access to computers, not only in the classroom, but in the comfort of their own home.

Starting this week,seventh graders at Ore City Middle school are getting eighty new computers to use to do homework, assignments, and school projects online. "I think it will be really neat.  It's going to be a completely new experience for all of us. It will probably teach us a lot of responsibility," said 7th grader Jade Bean.  "It's going to help me with my homework, especially in English when we have to do compositions," said 7th grader Jamarkus Boyd.

School officials and teachers agree that having laptops computers will not only improve

students learning but motivate them as well. "Being able to have that personal computer is some thing that we feel like is really going to be a great attribute for our school," said Ore City superintendent Lynn Hefline. "If you put students on a computer they are more motivated to do the work, because it's something new and different," said English teacher Wendy Bean.

To  add to parents' piece of mind, each laptop has a filtering system that will only let them go to educational or useful sites.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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