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Digital Devices Gaining Traction in Classrooms

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09-07-2012 (HCS) - Student and parent digital device orientations have taken place across the district since the start of school.  Most everyone would count these sessions a success, as students have walked out with shiny new digital devices (iPads or Nooks, depending on grade level) and parents have left with satisfaction knowing their school district has now taken learning to a new level.

Various media outlets have covered what's internally known as ELI - or, the Engaged Learning Initiative.  For the most recent orientation, Spain Park High School, reporter/editor Amy Jones from the Shelby County Reporter paid a visit.  Her piece begins below - and continues at the link.

[Begin Shel. Co. Reporter piece]

HOOVER — On Sept. 6, 368 Spain Park High School seniors crossed over into a whole new world of education as they received iPads to be used as part of the school curriculum.

The seniors are part of a pilot program putting Nook e-readers and iPads in the hands of students of all ages throughout Hoover City Schools. If the pilot program goes well, school officials hope to have all Hoover schools outfitted with the devices by fall 2013.

Senior Brannum Forsyth said he believes using the iPads will help calm the chaos of a school day.

“I was excited because I’ve heard of schools that have used them, and it’ll make things faster and make things easier,” he said. “Instead of wasting paper and printing 22 or 23 handouts for a class, (teachers) can just upload a PDF.”

Forsyth said he plans to continue using an iPad once he gets to college, especially considering the expense and weight of collegiate textbooks.

“On an iPad, you can have 100 textbooks,” he said. “I fully expect to continue using it in college.”  See more here

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