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Elementary school students use new technology to enhance learning experience

For the past year, students at Oaks Road Elementary School have been using iPads as a part of everyday learning in their classrooms. (Photo: Aisha Mbowe)

Students at one local elementary school got a high-tech surprise last year aimed at getting them prepared for a future in the 21st century. Today, we checked in to see how that technology is impacting their learning experience.

For the past year, students at Oaks Road Elementary School have been using iPads as a part of everyday learning in their classrooms.

"It'll show them anything we are doing fro ELA, for math, for science," fifth grade teacher Christy Wilson said. "One of the programs that we have here is called Espark and what's wonderful about that program is it is instruction delivered at their level."

Wilson said the tools on the iPads allow students to learn at their own pace. Through lesson plans and tests, teachers can better monitor their students' progress.

"From that, we can determine what type of instruction we need to deliver to them either one on one, in a small group or even the whole group," Wilson said.

Kim Scott, the school's assistant principal, said school administrators wanted to personalize learning for students and give them all of the individualized attention they could get.

"I didn't know there would be so many apps that you can learn from the iPad," student Jordan Car said. Car also uses the iPad to play games and watch Netflix.

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