Copenhagen Students Move To iPads For School Work
Students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade in the Copenhagen Central school district have begun using iPads for school and homework.
Copenhagen is among the first schools in the state to make the move to iPads. The Apple brand devices were passed out Tuesday - teachers will give assignments on them, students will do their work on them and the iPads will substitute for some textbooks and other reading material as well.
"What the iPad is going to enable our students and teachers to do is create a platform where assignments are delivered digitally, accessed by students on the iPad, edited on the iPad and then subsequently turned in through this device as well," said Darlene Rowsam, the district's technology coordinator.
It's a sign of things to come, said school superintendent Scott Connell.
"We won't see kids walking around with backpacks any more," Connell said.
Students were enthusiastic about the i-devices Tuesday, but they come with a built in llimit: special filters prevent students from accessing some web sites, at home as well as school.
The students will keep the iPads through the school year, but will have to turn them back in come summer. Next year, more grades will get iPads, with the goal being to eventually put the iPad in the hands of every student.
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