Pandora Students Leave Backpacks at Home in Favor of Netbook Computers

Lincoln Interactive Forensics Course One Example of Technology Oriented Learning at Pandora-Gilboa High School

Dec 09, 2009, 09:00 ET from Lincoln Interactive

PANDORA, Ohio, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The future of learning has arrived in western Ohio, as eighth grade students in the Pandora-Gilboa Local School District are leaving the backpacks and textbooks behind in favor of mini laptops - also known as Netbooks - with pre-loaded textbook software installed on them and the Lincoln Interactive curriculum.

This technology-oriented school district is redefining the ways in which students learn. At the beginning of the school year, all eighth graders were given their own Netbook, with their textbooks all pre-loaded onto the machine and a carrying case to transport. At the end of the year, when students graduate to ninth grade with passing grades, they get to keep the computer.

"We are very excited to be able to provide students of this school district with cutting-edge tools for learning. Steering away from traditional schooling methods is giving our students a technological advantage," said Superintendent Dale Lewellen. "By incorporating innovative solutions into the curriculum, we are giving them the best education possible."

Also in the Pandora-Gilboa Local School District, twelve high school students are taking a nine-week forensics course using the Lincoln Interactive software. Lincoln Interactive provides students with an innovative educational experience that utilizes state-of-the-art technology and engaging curriculum.

"The Lincoln Interactive software used for this forensics course will engage students in a way that traditional textbooks cannot," said Bryan Bown, Director of Educational Services for Lincoln Interactive. "We hope to continue to offer Pandora-Gilboa High School students exciting courses that spark excitement for learning."

In partnership with local school districts, Lincoln Interactive can utilize modern technology to expand learning opportunities and bridge educational gaps in the classroom. Lincoln Interactive courses offer students a variety of content supplemented with various activities that include web investigations, podcasts, interactive labs, PowerPoint presentations, videos, songs, and games. Lincoln Interactive, one of the nation's premier online curricula, delivers student-friendly courses with a wide range of opportunities for interaction.

"Lincoln Interactive is allowing Pandora-Gilboa district students to explore new and innovative ways of learning," added Dale Lewellen. "We are proud to be able to offer our students new and exciting ways to not only learn, but know how to use the latest technology."

Eleventh and twelfth grade students at Pandora-Gilboa High School are given a BlackBerry Storm in partnership with Bowling Green State University and Verizon Wireless with preloaded learning applications.

Known as the Socrates Project, the program provides fully connected BlackBerry Storms into the hands of students taking Tech for the 21st Century class at Pandora-Gilboa High School. The project is designed to prepare students to integrate technology into their daily lives.

About Lincoln Interactive

Lincoln Interactive online curriculum is designed by experienced educators to engage K-12 students with dynamic online courses. Each Lincoln Interactive online course provides guided instruction and detailed examples utilizing resources that are unmatched in traditional brick and mortar classrooms. Lincoln Interactive is exclusively provided by the National Network of Digital Schools,

About Pandora-Gilboa Local School District

The Pandora-Gilboa Local School District is a small, progressive school district located in Northwest Ohio in the village of Pandora. Our district prides itself in being a leader in educational technology innovation. We were one of the first districts in Ohio to be "wired" for technological, education delivery in the early 1980's. From there, we have moved forward bringing education into the world of technology where our children live on a daily basis. To learn more about our district and our ongoing efforts in technology, you can visit our web site at

SOURCE Lincoln Interactive