Dansville High School Learning with iPads

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

On Thursday, Dansville High School had their first iPad orientation sessions and handed out new iPads to seniors and juniors.

"It's really fun. I was just playing around with it and I feel like we can do a lot of great things with them," said Dansville High School senior Kathryn Lieder.

The superintendent calls it a seamless transition to paperless.

"We think our kids are going to be really engaged and that we're finally communicating in their language," said Superintendent Amy Hodgson.

Hodgson says the Dansville Education Foundation raised $25,000 to help with the purchases. Marlene Lieder is the president of the foundation, but as the mom of a student, she's also just looking forward to learning.

"I have a long way to go but I'm excited to see it and see what the different applications are and our children do teach us a lot along this line."

With technology at their fingertips, teachers are already seeing endless possibilities like recording lessons and uploading them online and using e-books instead of physical textbooks. The school is also working with a company to pilot an interactive Earth Science textbook.

"With the electronic textbooks, they can just click on a word that they don't understand and the definition will come up. It can take them to web resources if they have questions or if they're more interested in that," said Hodgson.

Some students say the iPads will help them learn independently and get them ready for college.

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