Broward elementary schools receive new laptops

3,200 laptops given to 27 schools

DAVIE, Fla. - One-hundred fifth grade classrooms in 27 Broward County Elementary Schools will have 3,200 brand new accessories.

Starting this school year, there will be enough laptops for every fifth grade student in those classes to use, in place of traditional textbooks.

"It's unreasonable to assume that a teacher with 22 students in front of them can deliver different lessons at a different pace to 22 different students over a course of 180 days," said Dr. Marie Desanctis, the Executive Director of Instruction and Intervention for Broward County Public School.

Dr. Marie Desanctis says this technology gives teachers the platform to make this happen by accelerating learning.

With the start of school just days away, teachers are getting in their last minute training and preparing to transform the way their students learn.

"I think we are going to have a better connection with our students because this is what they are used to. So we are going to be able to teach in a way that they learn which is very exciting," said Christine Wright, a fifth grade teacher.

"I think it's going to increase learning because they are going to want to learn. They get bored with paper and pencil activities and books. Everything has got to be online. It can be a book, but it's got to be online," said teacher, Christina Allison.

As the program goes on, administrators plan to allow the students to take their laptops home with them to complete assignments.

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