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Published August 25, 2011, 10:15 PM

Pelican Rapids High to ring in the school year with iPads

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - When students return to class in Pelican Rapids after Labor Day, it will seem more like Christmas.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

When students return to class in Pelican Rapids after Labor Day, it will seem more like Christmas. That's because the school district sought out grants and donations and has now purchased iPads for high school teachers along with all juniors and seniors.

Pelican Rapids Seniors Trudy Johnson and Peter Scott will kick off their final year in high school with a the form of an iPad. donations and grants, the school is able to provide 190 iPads to upperclassmen and teachers in the high school.

Peter Scott – Pelican Rapids Student: “This day in age, I mean tech is the world you have to have technology to do anything.”

Trudy Johnson – Pelican Rapids Student: “A few years ago, I would never have imagined having an iPad in school.”

The apps, textbooks, tools for learning on the iPad are endless.

Deb Wanek – Pelican Rapids Superintendent: “I like technology and the important piece is that where students learn. And it is all about student learning and not based on a fun toy, it is fun, but it is learning.”

Students can even call each other or teachers regarding group projects on the iPad. Face to Face. It doesn't matter where they are.

Brian Korf – Pelican Rapids Principal: “If you are in sporting events and if you leave school early, you will have wi-fi on the bus, and use the iPad and access the internet.”

And the school is making sure students are not accessing improper internet websites. Everything on a student's iPad will go through an Internet filter. Teachers like Bridgette Hall are thrilled with the opportunities the iPad presents.

Bridgette Holl – Pelican Rapids Teacher: “What you are doing is meeting them on a common ground. You are taking technology you know something about and they know a little about to show them the world.”

Students home sick or away from school can simply get podcasts of class, and get assignments and schedules on their IPAD.

Bridgette Holl: “It allows you to use flash cards interactive a picture to use the word a native speaker to record a voice.”

It is another way quickly changing technology is revolutionizing the classroom, in a good way. Little House on the Prairie's Laura Ingalls and Beaver never saw this coming.

Pelican Rapids High School will continue with it's 4 day school week. A recent survey of parents there indicates 81% of them approve of the new schedule.