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South Harrison Students Using iPads Instead Of Books

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History books are history in South Harrison High School.

Freshmen at the school were getting set up with their very own iPads Thursday morning as part of a pilot program to give textbooks to students in digital format. The program at South Harrison is a pilot for the rest of the county. Principal Greg Moore said it's part an effort to adapt teaching for a modern world.

"Everything is so quick right now, even when you watch TV, every show is boom, boom, boom. We have to be that way in the classroom, because a student's not going to respond to a teacher who stands in front of the room and lectures for 90 minutes," Moore said.

While Moore said he's looking forward to the change, students may be even more excited. Chloe Evans is a junior, and she said she's looking forward to using the different features provided by the iPads to help her learn.

"I think it's great that the school's getting iPads because it helps us learn. With the different games on it, we can really study and it just had all kinds of different tools to help us," Evans said.

Right now, the only books the school has on the iPads are for social studies classes, but other teachers will be able to use the technology, as well. If all goes well this year, more books will be put on the tablets for students to use.

"So we're going to be having those activities going on throughout the building, even though its just social studies right now that we have the books. As we get more book adoptions, as we move from old ones to new ones, we'll be bringing more and more of them online electronically," Moore said.

Moore said the academic lessons won't be the only ones he wants students to take from the tablets. He said having the iPads to keep will also help teach them accountability and responsibility, too.