The first week at Huntsville City Schools had has its fair share of glitches and computer confusion, as teachers, students, and parents learn to navigate the new digital curriculum.
Students will now be toting netbooks instead of stacks of textbooks. A transition that is easier for some than others.
"Some teachers are more tech savvy than others. Several of them stayed another couple of hours the other day just to learn the program," said Barbara Little, Principal of Monte Sano Elementary School. "It's a learning curve for everybody and they're really doing great."
Tech support is also just minutes away, with representatives from the company that developed the digital curriculum working in Huntsville as the schools transition.
The new digital curriculum allows teachers to get instant feedback on student progress. One new program, Edmodo, allows students and teachers to communicate after school is out, to ask questions about homework or class assignments. It's also a forum for teachers to seek help or offer encouragement to other faculty members.
Parents have expressed concerns about the responsibility their young child has in caring for an expensive laptop or netbook, but Little assures each device is insured and in case of damage parents would only have to pay a minimal fee.