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Published April 03, 2012, 04:37 PM

Fisher School District Brings iPads into the Classroom

FISHER, MN (WDAZ-TV) Fisher Public School teachers are integrating new technology into their classrooms. Each teacher received an iPad and their students are excited to learn.

FISHER, MN (WDAZ-TV) Fisher Public School teachers are integrating new technology into their classrooms. Each teacher received an iPad and their students are excited to learn.

24 teachers received iPads from the school district last week and teachers have already started training and implementation.

Third grader Alex Mathison is even more excited to go to class today because he gets to learn in a new way.

"We do white boards and math and then toontastic for reading and for other stuff, that's pretty much it," Mathison said.

The Fisher School District is implementing iPads into the curriculum, helping both teachers and students like Mathison learn at their own pace.

"You can like make stories and you can either choose characters or draw your own," Mathison said.

All 24 teachers are using the iPads in class.

Whether a student is struggling in math or needs a challenge, there are instant games and apps for them to use.

"The sounds, the colors, the clicking. All of that helps too, kids like to have hands-on and this is definitely hands-on. I can differentiate my teaching because of the iPads, I can address the needs of students instantly," First grade Teacher Laura Brekken said.

UND Technology Education Specialist Cindy Grabe has seen a lot change since she started teaching more than 30 years ago. Technology in the classroom keeps students interested and ready to learn.

"It offers the individual child as well as groups of children the opportunity to use the kind of skills that I think were difficult before the device came along," Grabe said.

Both teachers and students are excited to bring new tools into the classroom, keeping the lesson plan fun and exciting for everyone.

"As first graders they are not afraid of the iPads or computers and I think for the kids, it helps them to bring things right to them instantly," Brekken said.

"In today's world, with the click of a button, they have access to resources all over the world," Grabe said.

After Easter, the school will combine the iPads so all students can each have a specific time to use them.

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