Thursday, June 20 2013 5:01 AM EDT2013-06-20 09:01:31 GMT
A Warrick County man is dead following a canoe accident in Harrison County. It's the second death in the Blue River this week. Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of BoonvilleMore >>
Indiana conservation officers say 69-year-old William Chappell of Boonville was canoeing with his wife Wednesday when they struck a log and flipped over.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:30 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:30:38 GMT
It happened around 2:30 this morning at the kangaroo express on south kentucky. You can see a heavy police presence at the scene. Officers say a white male in his late 20's, early 30's walked into theMore >>
Officers say the suspect walked into the gas station, implied he a weapon and demanded cash.More >>
Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools...More >>
Singapore urged people to remain indoors amid unprecedented levels of air pollution Thursday as a smoky haze wrought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically. Nearby Malaysia closed 200 schools and...More >>
The Boston Bruins came from behind to tie the Chicago Blackhawks for the third time and sent Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals into overtime with the teams even 5-5 on Wednesday night.More >>
After struggling for more than 120 minutes to score even once, the Blackhawks beat Boston goalie Tuukka Rask a half-dozen times in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals to send the series back to Chicago tied two games apiece.More >>
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - High School students in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation will soon be going digital. That, after the board approved the use of laptops in the classroom, and Monday night, we learn how much it's going to cost students.
In addition to the annual textbook fee, there will now be a $35 per semester ($70 a year) rental fee for the laptops, or netbooks. Starting this school year, all high school students will be required to rent one.
"Kids don't learn that way anymore," EVSC Chief Technology Officer Mike Russ said. "They learn digitally."
Ask any high schooler what their friends are doing right now, even who their friends are dating.
If they don't know the answer off the top of their head, they know exactly how to find out.
A simple click on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, and all that information is at their fingertips.
Now, EVSC officials are hoping students will apply that type of research to their studies.
"What we're trying to do is say there are resources that are much more dynamic, cause the world is so dynamic, things are changing that students should be able to access that information and not rely on a document that doesn't get updated," Russ said.
The EVSC updates its textbooks every six years.
Information on the internet is updated practically every second, which is why there's a push for classrooms to go digital.
The EVSC believes the Hewlett-Packard Netbook is the answer.
Beginning this fall, all high school students will be required to rent one.
Bringing in their own laptop isn't an option.
That's because school officials said the netbooks are specifically designed to work on the school's wireless internet system.
They're also set up with special filters so students won't be able to access sites like Facebook.
The goal is for students to use the netbooks as an additional research tool in the classroom and at home.
"Some families don't have internet anymore, or they don't have it at all," concerned parent Ed Drake said. "How are those children going to be able to take care, take advantage of the opportunity to have a laptop at home?"
School officials said students without internet access at home will be able to use the netbooks at local public libraries.
The EVSC has ordered 7,200 netbooks. Nearly 270 EVSC teachers will take part in a training seminar this Friday.
The $35 fee will be waived for students on free or reduced lunch. Officials with the school corporation said they will work with those who can't afford the extra rental fee.
School officials said the EVSC is utilizing a state technology grant to help keep the cost of the rental fee down.
Each netbook comes with a one-year waranty. If it's damaged, it's up to the students to pay for the repairs or to replace it. Each comes with a carrying case that students will be able to use to help protect it.
Once a student is assigned a netbook, they will use the same one until they graduate. School officials hope that will encourage students to take better care of them.
Students in the Daviess County Public School System in Kentucky have been using laptops in the classroom since 2005.
Matthew Constant, the DCPS Technology Coordinator, said the system has had great success with the program.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:10 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:10:09 GMT
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon. WWL-TV in New Orleans says that the Grand Isle Fire Department is reporting a powerMore >>
The National Weather Service says there is some minor damage on Grand Isle after a waterspout Wednesday afternoon.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:18:30 GMT
(RNN) - Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees. AccordingMore >>
Celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen was back in a controversial spotlight Wednesday, alleged of using racial slurs as jokes in her restaurants in front of employees.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:55:05 GMT
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.Authorities say it all started when a woman who lived on Tanglewood RoadMore >>
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office says a man was killed after he broke into a home and was shot in the face by the homeowner.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:39 PM EDT2013-06-18 03:39:25 GMT
We've got good news about the Ohio County toddler who authorities say swallowed a powerful ingredient used to make meth. This is a story 14 News has been keeping an eye on. That little girl, Frankee,More >>
The Facebook page, Frankee's Voice, continues to post updates on Frankee's condition. And on Monday, they gave an update that many are glad to hear.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:08 PM EDT2013-06-20 02:08:26 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Four people have been shot in an condominium complex, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafe confirmed the shooting was reported at 4:27 p.m. Wednesday in the Lakeview condominium complex,More >>
Louisville Metro Police say the victims are a juvenile girl, an adult woman and an adult man.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:17 PM EDT2013-06-20 01:17:08 GMT
Major demolition inside the old McCurdy Hotel in Downtown Evansville should begin in just a few months. The Kunkel Group plans to convert the almost 100-year-old building into high-end apartments. It'sMore >>
It's run down right now with some windows boarded up, but a little over a year from now, the old McCurdy Hotel along Riverside Drive should be restored to its former glory.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:09:53 GMT
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois. Citizens from both sides ofMore >>
A grassroots movement is gaining momentum in Posey and White counties on Wednesday night to get the New Harmony Bridge back open for business between Indiana and Illinois.More >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A teen boy was arrested and charged with murder after his younger sister died. Detectives say he admitted practicing "WWE" moves on her, even after she said she was in pain.More >>
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