Maryville students arrive to class with laptops, tablets – Knoxville News Sentinel

Students at Maryville City Schools came back to class Wednesday with their very own computers, courtesy of the school system.

More than 5,100 Maryville students at the district’s seven schools, from pre-K to 12th grade, went back to classes with iPads and Dell laptops, purchased by the school system.

“The excitement from teachers, from students and parents is really unprecedented,” said Sharon Anglim, spokeswoman for Maryville City Schools. “We’ll be able to engage more students and make learning fun, and we’re excited about bringing those opportunities to the classroom.”

Students from Pre-K to 4th grade are assigned their own iPad, and students from grades 5-12 are assigned their own Dell laptop, delivered to their home earlier this summer.

“They’re already using that technology,” Anglim said, “so we’re just bringing that technology to the classroom now.”

The devices were bought by reallocating portions of the school system’s budget, and with funds raised by an increase in the sales tax for improving technology and infrastructure, Anglim said.

More details as they develop online and in Thursday’s News Sentinel.

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