SH makes iPads available for its youngest students, pushing traditional textbooks closer to obsolescence

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NEW PALESTINE — Second-grader Ellie Strong whisked her fingers across the front of the iPad screen as if she had been using one for years, instead of a single day.

“I’ve never had an iPad before,” the New Palestine Elementary School student said with a smile.

The district is the first in the county to officially have one-to-one technology: Every student from kindergarten through 12th grade has been given their own computer device.

Administrators handed out iPad minis and iPads at all three elementary schools to complete the technology goal late last week.

“I think it gives us a really neat tool,” NPE Principal Mark Kern said. “It’s very timely, and in a sense we can get the latest educational information and data that is available.”

Most county schools are in some phase of rolling out access to computers for their students. Southern Hancock and Eastern Hancock have been the leaders of the trend for a couple of years.

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