CANTON, Mo. (WGEM) --- Wednesday was the first day of school in the Canton R-V school district.
And this year technology is changing the way students are learning inside and outside of the classroom.
This year 7th and 8th grade students at Canton will have a lighter load to carry on their backs because instead of textbooks, they're using brand new laptops.
Eighth grader Peyton Carmichael got a brand new laptop Wednesday.
In fact, all 7th and 8th grade students now have their own laptops to use while at school thanks to a $100,000 eMINTS grant.
"I was glad that we got them because they will help us learn how to use different software and it makes things faster," said Carmichael.
Carla Eagan a 7th and 8th grade teacher at Canton R-5 says implementing the new technology will have lasting benefits for her students.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for us and students as well, it's going to help them prepare for the future, being the technology based community that we are seeing in our world today," said Eagan.
Peyton says having a laptop is a lot better than just reading a book because now she can work with completely different computer programs for different subjects.
"We use PowerPoint a lot in science class because we make different power points for our projects," said Carmichael.
Teachers say students aren't limited by the classroom anymore the laptops gives them opportunities they never had before.
"This year in science I'm going to be utilizing the computer for inquiry based activities. They will be able to research outside the classroom. They'll be able to go to other research areas and find information from all over the world," said Eagan.
Beginning this year Canton High School has started using money that was traditionally used to buy textbooks to buy additional laptop computers for their students as well.