CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOLS INVESTING MILLIONS IN COMPUTERS THAT ARE TRANSFORMING EDUCATION
A generation ago, Cumberland County students learned by sitting at their desks with textbooks and listening to a teacher at the blackboard. Those days are over, replaced by electronic "smart" white boards, laptop computers and social networking. As the new school year begins Monday, students will notice even more high-tech advances that are redefining how lessons are taught. North Carolina's public schools are investing millions of dollars in technology, spurred by federal grants. Most Cumberland County schools already have wireless Internet access, and every school will have it by next spring. Each school also has at least one mobile computer lab, which students call COWs - computers on wheels. Every teacher has a laptop, which helps students connect with their lessons. Elementary students are learning how to do research on the Internet as early as kindergarten.