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Beresford High School brings iPads into the learning process

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For years schools have taught kids fundamental skills like math, reading, science and English.  While those core classes remain the same, today's technology is allowing students and teachers to explore learning in a whole new way. 

Beresford High School is one school implementing technology into students' critical thinking skills. 

Just two years ago the school district secured funding to purchase an iPad for each student in the high school.   

"Education is a changing entity and having the technology is something that you have to do to keep and up and prepare students for the next step," said Beresford High School Principle Dustin Degen. 

"Its a very short period of time from when you're in High School to when you're on the job market," said Mark Winegar. 

Winegar runs a blog that shows teachers new ways to integrate iPads and other technology into their classrooms.  He believes bringing the use of today's technology into the learning and critical thinking process is essential to the nation's future. 

"Everyone thinks that the kids coming into college are so computer literate and actually that's not the case. They play games, they talk to friends, but those aren't the skills we need; if we're going to have a good economy in the future, we've got to give these kids the ability to use these as problem solving tools," said Winegar. 

Its why Beresford High School went through training this week to help teachers and student use the iPad in everyday assignment and learning. 

"We have teachers that use them and have created their own iBooks," said Degen. 

"I do quizzes almost every other day; my computer receives their quizzes from the iPad and automatically grades their quizzes and I can just put them in the grade book," said Beresford Science teacher Rebecca Corlew. 

This month the school is also integrating Podcasts for teachers to post lectures on the web and students to turn in assignments and make presentations using their iPads. 

"The iPad is secondary, what's important is to get them to start thinking critically," said Winegar. 

"We use them not only to communicate but to learn, to share and to keep education moving forward," said Degen. 

The teachers and students at Beresford also said the iPads have improved communication between both parties and helped students become more organized.

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