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Pitt County students to take high tech road to learning

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Students in Pitt County will soon take the high tech road to learning.
The system is buying more than 6,000 Google Chromebooks for the next school year.
The system will pay for the technology with $2.5 million coming from the state technology fund, a local technology budget, and energy savings.

"We feel like in the 21st century, students are always more engaged if you put a computer in front of them. And this gives us an opportunity for teachers to have more access to technology so they can incorporate technology more in their lesson plans and get students more engaged," said Brock Letchworth, Pitt County Schools.

School officials say the investment will help schools like Belvoir Elementary School that currently share three carts of iPads and laptops between all teachers.

"The Chromebooks I believe are really going to revolutionize and really move us forward really quickly," Belvoir Elementary Principal Kevin Smith says. "

Still, there are mixed reviews on whether this kind of technology significantly improves student performance. So 9 On Your Side asked Smith if he thinks they will really make a difference.

"It's a tool to support instruction," he says. "It's not the end-all-be-all, but it is an important tool that can help us for those teachable moments. It's a great supplement, it doesn't replace the instruction, but you can really enhance it."

Smith says this also helps meet state-wide requirements that mandate all schools move to online testing by 2014-15.

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