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Rural school considers technology upgrade to keep up

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SHELBYVILLE, Mo. (WGEM) -

Technology continues to have a growing role in how students are taught in the Tri-States.  Often times rural schools don't get the same improvements others do.  One Missouri school is working to give its students the same opportunities any other school. 

It's homecoming at North Shelby High School but that isn't the only thing Senior Lucas Daniel is excited about.  He's well aware of the plans to install more technology into the high school, which is something he can't wait for.

"Everybody's always looking for that new thing.  It gets you excited just holding that new piece of technology it's like wow, this is actually happening and I have something like this to work on," he said.  

Daniel can also see the benefits far beyond his senior year. 

"I don't know what college you would go to that you wouldn't have to have a laptop so it's important when you come out of high school you know how to use those things so you're not lost when you go to college." 

 The School district will look to add more laptops for students, Wi-Fi throughout the entire building, and give iPads to teachers.  North Shelby Teacher Kerri Greenwell said she's seen a dramatic change in how technology is used since she first started and getting this new equipment will help everyone. 

"Now there are so many things like with Google, we have Google documents, Google drive.  You can search any lesson plan.  It just makes teaching so much more beneficial for the teachers also," Greenwell said.  

In addition to getting new iPads as well as new laptops, the school is looking to also update their computers in the computer lab.  The last time that happened was four years ago. 

"And for a school our size, this is very uncommon. And to be able to keep up with those cities and for our kids to go off to college at a bigger school, so we have to stay up with technology for our kids to be successful," Greenwell said. 

The district will come back to the school board meeting next week to tell members the exact cost of the improvements.  We've been told it's over $100,000.    

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