Madison County teachers get new computers

All teachers in the school district are getting new computers, worth around $800,000.

Posted: May 8, 2018 1:06 PM
Updated: May 9, 2018 10:25 AM

Teachers at Buckhorn Middle School say it's been nearly 15 years since they had new computers. 

Right now, the new computers are being installed for every certified teacher in the district. 

"They're faster, much, much faster than what we were accustomed to before," said Stephenie Smith, a 7th grade teacher. 

Smith has had her new computer for less than one week and is already seeing how its quickly changing her classroom routines.

"We had a teacher computer and a computer for your projector, so you had to manage two different set up's, two different
computers from two different locations. So what this has allowed us to do is have on hub," added Smith.

The district was given a one time textbook fund waiver from the Alabama Department of Education to pay for the new computers.

Project Refresh totals around $800,000.

Smith says as a teacher, its important to implement new technology to keep up with how students are learning.

"We get to do things that excite them and interest them, where as if we weren't as focused on technology, we might be doing more of the text book and other types of things," added Smith.

But the old computers wont be thrown out completely.

"During the summer, we're going to take the old ones and we're going to update them, apply updates and give them some more ram and the students can have them in the classrooms, and we'll put extra in labs so everyone has a slightly new machine," said Alisha Stroud, computer operations manager at Madison County Schools.

All of the new computers should be installed within the next week. Teachers are already looking forward to the fall semester with even more technology heading their way.

"They are also looking at getting us some interactive white boards, so if we're able to get those soon, then we'll be able to do even more with what we have," added Smith.

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