Students and teachers in Mitchell are taking a new year of learning to a whole new level. Thanks to the latest version of the Apple iPad, hundreds of teachers and students at Mitchell Middle School are taking advantage of new way to learn.
"Decided the iPad was now offering a number of different things we thought would work well in the classroom, applications that are available, programs we need and could customize the iPad for what we need in our school," Principal Brad Berens said.
Principal Berens said it's a decision that was in the making for a number of years. The school had its fair share of troubles with laptops and realized iPads were much less expensive and much more interactive.
Every 7th and 8th grader gets their own along with every teacher in the building.
"I'm excited every day to come to school and fin new things I wasn't able to do in the past, it's very exciting," Diane Way said. "As a teacher, and with our students, we feel fortunate that our district has made this commitment."
It's a commitment that allows students to work at their own pace from doing homework - to quizzes - to making a movie in language arts.
This year, Berens says teachers are learning almost as much as the students.
"Just the other day one of our students showed a teacher how to get the math book onto the iPad so the kids are digging into them, learning how to navigate, and how to use it for school benefit," Berens said.
School administrators know it was a good move at the right time.
"We feel fortunate that they've got some of the latest technology in their hands and we're doing everything we can to make sure that in the classroom, we're staying on top of the best learning apps we can to provide for our students," Berens said.
The Mitchell School District paid for the iPads through their general fund. Each iPad is equipped with screen and body protective covers to keep them safe.
Berens hopes to have the iPads around and in good condition for at least three years.
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