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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Many of us are guilty of giving our kids an iPad to use as a distraction, but a local school is tapping into that technology like never before, and so can you.

You can use touch screen technology to help your child learn more than just their ABCs.

At Sacred Heart School, technology is opening doors for elementary school aged children, using iPads to change the way your child learns.

Blaine, 2nd Grader: “It gets my brain thinking better."

30 iPads are available to kids at Sacred Heart Elementary, each containing countless apps helping them with everything from math to reading.

Sarah Effhauser, Technology Coordinator: "You know how to swipe, you know how to do everything on this iPad. Let's take that skill that you already have and let's apply it to this new learning objective that we already have in our classroom."

In hopes of giving your little ones a head start...

Effhauser: "It gives our students the opportunity to look ahead to what their years in high school might look like."

…on skills they need to be successful.

Effhauser: "We're really going to be working with our teachers to take lessons that they've taught for years and change them, just tweak them."

Angry Birds may be their favorite game, but they'll be swiping other skills into their memories this fall.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends infants 18 months and younger should not use iPads.

For children from 2-years-old to 5-years-old, parents can determine how much time is appropriate for educational use. For entertainment uses, doctors recommend you limit them to one hour a day.

As you prepare to send your kids back to class, look for special stories all this week on WDAZ at 6 and 10. WDAZ is your back to school station!