Rockingham County Schools Go Digital

PENN LAIRD, Va. (WHSV) -- On Tuesday, kids in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg will go back to school, but this year students are not the only ones learning something new.

As part of a new pilot project several middle school teachers in Rockingham County were chosen to integrate mobile devices into their classroom, which means each student will have their own device to learn from.

Leaders with the school district say the idea is to bring kids together with the technology we use every single day. They will now be using devices like Macbook Airs, Chromebooks, and iPads.

Jenni Miller, a sixth-grade English teacher at Montevideo Middle School, is one of the teachers selected to try out the new devices in her classroom. She is ecstatic to be using them this year.

Miller said one concern she has is kids becoming digitally dependent on them. She plans to use actual books, paper, and pencil so kids will find a balance.

"They need to know sometimes WiFi fails, sometimes power goes out, sometimes cell towers don't work. We need to teach our students how to use digital devices in a responsible way without become 100 percent dependent on them," Miller said.

The new devices should be arriving by the beginning of October.


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