Freshmen at Shawnee Mission Northwest given laptops

Hundreds of Johnson County students now have a new tool in the classroom.

Tuesday freshmen at Shawnee Mission Northwest got their own laptops.

The students will be able to take them home to study and write papers.

The kids first received a lesson on how to use the laptops before they were allowed to take them home.

Teachers said the students will now have access to coursework and assignments 24/7.

"It’s not about which books to take home to get to that information. It’s having that accessible at the tip of their device,” Christy Ziger, the director of science technology engineering and math at Shawnee Mission Northwest, said.

Students said it will make getting homework done a lot faster.

“It will just be easier because a lot of it is just in one place and you don't have to take a lot of stuff home and manage a lot more stuff,” freshman Bhargav Marada said.

Teachers and parents were also offered training.

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