Inside a bright sunlit classroom, students hunch over their laptops. Theyâ€™re laughing and smiling as they create an interactive story with images, sounds and text. One girl happily helps a friend take a digital photo of himself for the multimedia timeline.
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Itâ€™s a typical college scene. But this isnâ€™t a college. Itâ€™s a second-grade classroom at Druid Hills Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. The students are inventing their own digital version of Little Red Riding Hood. Theyâ€™re seven years old.
The elementary school is one of nine in a West Charlotte initiative calledÂ Project L.I.F.T. The five-year, $55 million public-private initiative is designed to speed student progress in some of cityâ€™s lowest-performing schools. Knight Foundation announced $4 million in support last fall. Part of the foundationâ€™s fundingÂ will provide laptops to all Kindergarten-through-fifth grade studentsÂ in the Project L.I.F.T schools.
The students making themselves the heroes in Little Red Riding Hood — and the teachers who plan the lessons that turn computers into teaching tools — are the pioneers. Most of the 3,200 laptops will come in late February and â€œthe excitementÂ is contagious,â€ saidÂ One Laptop Per ChildÂ project manager David Jessup, who is overseeing their introduction.
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