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A school in Rothschild is taking a new approach to learning. Globe University leaders said it's time to kick old-fashioned textbooks to the curb.

Administrators said innovations in technology are changing the classroom. That's why officials said their campuses will soon have iPads and e-books instead of the traditional textbook.    

"It's an application from Harvard Medical," said Adam Smrcka, Globe University Campus Director.

There are thousands of "apps" students at Globe University will soon use. The school is rolling out iPads for all students by October.

"This piece of technology will enhance their ability for students to learn at their level," said Smrcka.

The school's edUX learning initiative started as a pilot this summer.

Now, the university will provide thousands of full-time students scholarships for iPads.

School leaders said it costs about $600 per student.

"Instead of trying to stay with the traditional, you know, carrying around your hard books, we see this as cutting-edge technology that are students are going to be able to take advantage of," said Smrcka.

Administrators said the transition to iPads will mean students will no longer have to shell out so much cash to carry so many heavy books.
    
"Instead of lugging around those six to eight big textbooks, they're now going to have it self-contained in their iPad," said Smrcka.

Leaders said an e-book costs 40% less than a regular textbook.

Students like Debbie Feldbruegge are excited.

"You can go through and put highlights in it, make notes on it, you can record the lecture and have it dictate for you," said Feldbruegge.

Students also said convenience is an important part of the change.

"The big thing is to have everything condensed, into one thing," said Feldbruegge.

Administrators said while some students may not be keen on the idea, there are other options for now.

"There is an opt-in or opt-out option for students, we are strongly recommending that students get an iPad," said Smrcka.

But they said the change is a step in the right direction, teaching students on digital screens rather than paper pages.

Leaders said once students have the iPad, it's theirs to keep.

They also said if the iPad is damaged or stolen, students have multiple options to replace it.

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