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Henderson ISD is going digital

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:53pm

Henderson ISD plans to replace textbooks with tablets and laptops within in the next five years.

As part of an initiative to be more digital, the school plans to pay around $300,000 to provide Ipads for every student in the 4th and 5th grade this coming August.

The following year they will start providing Ipads for younger students, and by the end of the fifth year, they hope to have a device for every student in the district.

This is part of keeping up with the state, which wants schools to become more dependent on technology, and to prepare students for a more digitally based labor market.

According to district officials, this new initiative has also been endorsed by area parents, who say they find it easier to help their children using the internet.

Officials also say it helps students pay more attention, and be more engaged in and outside the classroom.

"We find that the students are very interested and more engaged when they use technology and it's something that their going to have to use as they enter the labor market. These kids are digital natives," said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Raylene Conner.

The district is not jumping in blind.

Many classrooms and libraries already provide tablets and laptops for student use, and some teachers even allow students to bring digital devices from home, and use in their classroom.

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