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School supplies become more high tech for school year

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - It still may be summer, but school supplies are already filling stores in central Wisconsin. Some of the items students are being asked to buy may surprising.

Many students have more technology in their classrooms, which means different types of supplies.

"This year for almost every class we need a binder, a notebook and a folder," said Tayvia Klinger of Weston.

The shelves are stocked at the Shopko in Rothschild. They have all the usual suspects. But now, school supply lists have gone high tech.

"This year there's actually headphones on my list for social studies," said Klinger.

And each year, brings more technology.

"Now we need things like ear buds and headphones and sometimes they can bring in iPads or iPods," said Holly Prahl, a first grade teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Wausau.

As a teacher for 25 years, Prahl has had a front row seat to the changing classroom.

"Now there's so many things that you can go and find online just to help the kids with their learning," said Prahl.

A lot different from what you'd find decades ago.

"Probably colored pencils, a pen and ink you had to have your own ink bottle," said Robert Grossel of Mosinee.

While high tech gadgets may have replaced some of the classics, teachers say one thing stays the same; the excitement.

"We're looking forward to an awesome year," said Prahl.

Students and teacher say there's more technology coming every year. They even said they wouldn't be surprised if one day, pencils and paper like this would be a thing of the past.
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