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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -
Kirsten Johnson has been using iPads to help teach an eighth-grade
English class at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids.
"I think the students, overall, are much more engaged with
what we're doing in the classroom when they get the opportunity to work with curriculum
in a format that, frankly for these kids, is much more familiar to them," said
The iPads are part of a pilot program to test tablet
Students say they like them.
"People usually want them, but they're so expensive that
they don't get a chance to use them," said Kayla Wentland, East Junior High
That's why the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District wants
to bring touch-screen technology to younger students.
The district's educational services committee decided to buy
iPads for kindergarten through second-grade classrooms.
"They really have an innate ability to use these
technologies, like touch screen. They just come up to the devices, and they can
use them," said Phillip Bickelhaupt, Wisconsin Rapids Technology Director.
"The hands on learning, the opportunity to actually get to
interact with it, young kids are very much wanting to get their hands into
things," said Johnson.
The iPads would replace old desktop computers.
The plan calls for the district to buy about 600 iPads.
Bickelhaupt said that would cost about $450,000.
"Really, none of this stuff is free. It all costs money,"
He said the cost will be covered mostly by money from a settlement
with a computer company.
"It's a large pool of money in different area that are going
to all pay for this, and thank goodness we're able to do that," said
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