Muskogee schools launches new 1:1 program

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 8/15/2013 12:09 am Published: 8/15/2013 12:02 am

Muskogee school starts in Thursday, but teachers were already at school today. This time, they were the ones learning.

Muskogee schools launched a new ‘1:1’ program Tuesday. Muskogee schools start on Thursday but teachers were at Muskogee High School early, learning about the new digital program.

This school year, all Muskogee schools will soon ditch their backpacks and textbooks for laptops.

Muskogee High School freshman Katelyn Phillips said, “That’s going to be a little confusing.”

Phillips is referring to students not getting laptops until spring. She will start high school using textbooks and end her freshman year using a laptop.

Her best friend, Kyla Harden said, “I think it’s cool using a laptop because it’s less to carry.”

Best friends had different views about the new 1:1 program that will replace their textbooks with a laptop.

Katelyn’s mother Lisa Hanson told FOX23’s Price McKeon she thinks it is great that Muskogee schools is launching the program.

Hanson said, “I think it gives them a chance to show that they can be responsible.”

She said technology is the way the world is going.

Muskogee classroom smart boards are not new. What the teachers are going to be teaching on the smart boards is new.

Muskogee schools is teaming up with Pearson education company to turn digital. Teachers spent Tuesday in class learning how this digital takeover will happen.

Muskogee High School English teacher Kara Sholes said she will keep an open mind.

Sholes said, “It doesn’t have to be pencil and paper. This can be on a computer.”

In the fall, students will be using a blend of both old-school and new-school learning.  Superintendent Mike Garde said he knows it is going to be a transition. 

Garde said, “The transition is they’ll be working in both worlds during that first part (of the year).”

When it comes to technology and distraction, Katelyn said she will stick to school.

Katelyn said, “I’m more into my school work than I am into the Internet.” 

McKeon replied, “No Facebook?”

Katelyn immediately replied, “I mean I am into Facebook.”

Garde said the district will insure the laptops.

A spokesperson for the district told McKeon it plans to allow students to keep the laptop after graduation.

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