Netbooks to Replace Some Textbooks in Decatur

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DECATUR, Ala (WHNT) - Decatur school officials say netbooks are replacing textbooks in 5th and 6th grade classrooms. Approximately 1,500 of the netbooks are in use in Decatur schools this year.

Oak Park Middle School Principal Ashley McIntyre says he's never seen this level of excitement among teachers and students.

"I like my netbook better because I don't have to write everything with a pencil and paper and I can do more stuff on my netbook," says 6th grade student Alexis Bond The netbooks were first introduced to 5th graders last year. This year, the program was expanded to also include 6th graders.

"It's just phenomenal," says 6th grade social studies teacher Dyanne Moore. "I have taught for a long, long time, 39 years, and I've never been as excited as I am right now about these little instruments, just really pumped up. I think all of us are," she added. She says the netbooks help make every subject more interesting to students.

In addition to netbooks, visitors will also see cell phones, iPhones and laptops in use by students at Oak Park Middle School. It's part of the Bring Your Own Technology initiative. Students are allowed to bring these devices from home and use them in class so long as they enhance educational efforts.

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