POSTED: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 12:37pm
Tyler-- This year at one Tyler school, kids as young as kindergartners are learning to use technology for their schoolwork.
At the corner of Shiloh Road and Chad Drive, the new Cumberland Academy is being built. It will be the first iSchool in Texas, and the second iSchool in America.
Administrators recently purchased over 400 iPod Touches, and more than 200 MacBook computers. Every student will have his or her own iPod Touch to use for homework.
Network Administrator Galen Manning says the technology is to keep the students engaged in learning.
However, the classic learning methods are not forgotten. Manning says, "We'll still have paper, we'll still have pencils, we'll still have books. We're just going to add another component to engage the students on their level."
Principal James Moyers says the enrollment from last year has doubled, and kids are still on the waiting list.
Apple is buying all of the technology for the students and teachers.