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Johnston County students tap into new way of learning with iPads

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FOUR OAKS, N.C.--Students at Four Oaks Elementary School tapped into a new way of learning.

After quite a bit of training, third grade teacher Cristi Bates and her students are taking part in a pilot program that puts iPads in the classroom.

“Before when we didn't have these some kids may not be interested in reading and that's what causes behavior problems when they are not interested, so just the love for learning has allowed more kids to participate,” said Bates.

“We can do different math apps ...we can create things like a report about something,” said third grader Megan Jones.

Students at Johnston County Early College Academy tested out the technology in class too and it brought rave reviews.

“It was basically the greatest thing they possibly could have gave us. It's wonderful it has helped my school life a lot,” said student Mauricio Montalvo.

This technology is also helping teachers reach out to their students.

“I can send them documents. I send them quizzes to take and I have a calendar on there where I put all of their things that are going on so it's a really neat way to keep them organized,” said early college teacher Melody Casey.

The biggest problem I've had is organization and with my iPad with the calendar on here. Everything is put in its own separate place. With the organization it has, I can do anything,” said Montalvo.

While the tablets help students keep tabs on their lesson plans, educators said they are seeing more engagement in school.

“The students get on it and are communicating after school hours. They are working collaboratively with each other and with their teachers and we are seeing the results of that in the classroom,” said early college curriculum specialist Nicole Humphrey.

As the school system fast forwards into a digital age, the traditional tools aren't being left behind and the textbooks are still being used.

These students may be looking at the future of education in the classroom, as their teachers prepare them for what's ahead.

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