Iron Range Students Benefit from Classroom iPads

By KBJR News 1

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM CDT

Aurora, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Students at Mesabi East on the Iron Range are on the leading edge of technology use in the classroom.

This was the school's first full year giving iPads to students to use at school and home.

iPads given to each of the more than 500 students in those grades have changed the way they do everything from math to taking tests and handing in homework.

"[In] most of my classes we've gone to turning in papers digitally and I grade them and hand them back digitally," said ninth grade math teacher, Kim Yuretich.

Rather than buy expensive textbooks, the school decided this year to invest that money in iPads, which would allow them to buy much cheaper digital versions of the books, while giving students a new way to learn.

"Your normal ways that you might teach, doesn't reach all your learners and so the iPads are really engaging them," said fifth grade math teacher, Lindsey Imholt.

Students are also able to get their course outlines and homework from their iPads by scanning QR codes with their smart phones or tablet.

But beyond all the new ways of learning, Superintendent Gregg Allen says there was a much more essential need for the iPads, as many of the kids in his school don't have access to computers or internet at home.

"We just saw a huge disparity," said Allen, "Some kids can go home and they can come back to school all done with their assignments. Other kids have to try to get it done in class, they have to wait in line at a computer lab. We wanted to give all kids an equal chance."

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade also have access to iPads, however they aren't able to take theirs home.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.