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Garland ISD Changing The Way Students Learn

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – High school students in Garland ISD will no longer be caring heavy backpacks to school.

The ISD started handing out the first iPads to seniors this morning and say that all 18,000 high school students will have one by the end of October.

“Oh‚ it’s going to be so much more fun ” says Ashley Ramsey an English teacher. Her class was the first in the district to receive the iPads. “We’re going to be using Apple Classroom and Google Classroom where we’re uploading our assignments.”

These devices will change learning both in and out of the classroom. Garland teachers trained on the iPads for the past two years learning about aps developed for sharing notes and uploading homework.

The whole community is on board with the idea, first by passing a $455,000,000 bond referendum. In addition, more than 120 local business’ have a Wi-Fi sticker in their window letting students know it’s available to them.

The district is also considering Wi-Fi on buses, and coordinating with internet companies to offer discounted rates to families.

The reaction from students was rather blasé, most likely a bit different than their parents.

“It’s pretty normal, it’s like something extra you get like a Christmas gift of something.” says Lamaris Mallard a Senior. “It makes school go by really quick. A lot simpler. No pencils and paper. You don’t have to ask your teacher, do you have a pencil, no, you don’t need that.”

“Our parents had to actually use dictionaries.” laughs Jessica Walker. Then again, 93% of Garland ISD students reported having smart phones.

And the district hopes that eventually the iPads will replace the pencil and paper and heavy textbooks. Soon storing your child’s entire high school career in one device.

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