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Fifth-graders at Middlesex Elementary School now have the world at their fingertips thanks to iPads that have been issued to each student.

Hard copy books are taking a back seat to the iPad. “Anything that is paper based is available in one place,” explained Steve Dunkel, network administrator for Middlesex County Public Schools (MCPS).

Of course iPads can be used for research, and students now hold the power of the Internet in the small portable computers. Students also will receive assignments and turn in their completed work on the iPads. Students who have the Internet at home can receive assignments at home, even on snow days.

Tests, including the Standards of Learning (SOLs), will be administered with iPads, said Dunkel. They even have the school handbook on them.

The 100 iPads are part of a pilot program in MCPS, said Dunkel. Next year, eighth-graders will get them. The goal is to have grades 5-12 using the iPad in three years, he said. 

posted 09.07.2012

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