CHARLOTTESVILLE — It might be easy to imagine the cringing expressions on the faces of administrators and teachers after turning over laptop computers to some 300 Eastern Hancock elementary and middle school students, but so far, the expensive technology is surviving and things are going well.
“At first we were a bit hesitant to give a sixth-grader a Netbook computer right away, but they’ve exceeded our expectations by being able to take care of them,” said Eastern Hancock seventh-grade teacher Joe Paxton. “So far, it seems to be going well.”
In March, the Eastern Hancock School Board approved including all students in fifth through seventh grades in the corporation’s one-to-one computer program, part of a long-term strategy to computerize the entire student body, K-12. Students in eighth grade through high school already have computers.