By Thayne Jackson
Cactus Canyon Junior High has innovated a new way of learning through technology, starting in the 2011-2012 school year.
Cactus Canyon is having students learn through technology by using netbooks. Netbooks are smaller versions of laptop computers. Eighth-grade students were introduced to the idea of doing much of their work on computer last year, and seemed to warm right up to it.
This year, however, the students will be able to take the netbooks home with them.
Teachers say it is a great opportunity for students to be able to work at their own pace, and get work done.
“I think that they are transformative,” said teacher Rachel Mangum. “They take learning to a whole new place and level.”
Ms. Mangum said she thinks this 21st-century way of learning is far better than using textbooks.
“Netbooks (are preferred) because textbooks can go out of date so quickly and easily,” she said. “Plus, the netbooks have cool features.”
Students agree that the netbooks are an improved method of helping them learn.
“I feel like kids learn better through technology,” said eighth grader Brady Shade, “The netbooks are very efficient and they have a search engine which helps so much when researching compared to an index.”
Pretty soon Cactus Canyon will be nearly paperless because of the move toward technology, which means a lighter load in student backpacks.
“I think they are really cool because we only have one thing to carry with us,” said eighth grader Rylee Hoffman, “They are small and portable, and they also save trees because of the lack of paper use.”