Everyone knew that Cactus Canyon Junior High was getting netbooks for every student, but no one knew quite when.
The week before fall break, principal Larry LaPrise made an announcement that the school would not be having netbooks for a week due to some necessary programing that would make it possible for the students can take them home.
Many teachers’ lesson plans were affected, including eighth grade social studies teacher James Gibson. But Gibson kind of liked the changes and thought it was good to back to the things used to be.
“It was odd retrieving back to the ways of the past,” said Gibson.
Some kids liked the change, but many students didn’t like not having their netbooks. Eighth grader Jordan Bell didn’t really mind the change.
“I thought it hampered learning process, buy it did not stop entirely,” said Bell. “Since we were still learning, I didn’t mind the change.”
Using pencils and paper might not seem like a big deal for many people, but in the two years of Cactus Canyon’s existence, netbooks have been the main tool used to by students to complete work. So even for a week, it was challenging. They had to actually write down their assignments, instead of using their Google calenders, and all lessons had to include written work.
“There was a definite shift that needed to be made by the students back to the ‘old days,’” said Gibson.