NEW WATERFORD - Overall Crestview administrators and students seemed happy at Monday's board meeting with the new one to one initiative, which has placed a netbook in the hands of every high school student in the district.
High school principal Lynda Dickson complimented technology coordinator Daryl Miller and his staff for the long hours it took to get those netbooks into the hands of 100 percent of the students within the first four days of school. She said that included the half day students, who spend half their day at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center.
Students help each other in the morning before school, comparing notes on how certain software issues can be solved or how to access educational materials on their computers. Dickson said many students are familiar with using a computer to access YouTube, but most are not as efficient at using them for researching or being productive.
Alexis Marnejon, the new student liaison n the board, already issued a survey to some members of the student body. Marnejon reported to the board 83 percent of the students surveyed believe the netbooks have been useful.
Some of their favorite things about the netbooks include a lighter backpack due to textbooks being available on the computer, more organized notes and being able to take notes right on the computer. Some students did have issues, such as being less familiar with computers, having it freeze up on them or finding it harder to study their notes from a screen.
"In my opinion, netbooks are getting us ready for college," Marnejon said.
Students and teachers can post assignments and information to the classroom's folder. The time stamp allows teachers to know when the student posted their homework. Questions and input can be blogged there, allowing all the students to benefit from the answer or the information being shared.
Board members also encouraged students and staff to stay patient as they learn and adjust to the new equipment. It was pointed out students will have to learn to utilize technology and meet deadlines as part of many careers in the future.