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Oregon Schools encouraging technology use with student laptops

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The first day of school is right around the corner and high school students in Oregon will have some new gadgets once they return.

On Wednesday, Clay High School juniors picked up their brand new 11-inch MacBook Airs.
"It's just something different. Instead of having books, the laptop is much easier to carry around," said junior Anthony Brown.

Personal laptops are all new for the Eagles. The idea came about as a result of the increasing use of technology in the education and business world.

"The assessments that we're being given to do on our state level is all going to be on the computer, so we want to get students use to them," said Superintendent Lonny Rivera.

The software students will be using is called "Schoology." It gives way to the old paper-and-pencil classroom setting.

"There are features inside of Schoology that you can't do with paper and pencil," said Technology Director Dawn Schiavine. "Students can add audio, they can add video, add images right into a document."

Students will also be able to  interact with classmates and ask their teachers questions - all from the convenience  of their laptops.

"I am very proud to be a parent in this district," said Rosemarie Cappelletty. "I'm proud of my student and I'm excited for him and for all that he has right here at his hands."

The computers are being paid for by the district, but there's a $50 insurance fee for students to take the laptops home.

District officials are hoping students will use the new tool in their everyday life.

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