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Published April 02, 2012, 06:52 PM

Grant helps Norman County West upgrade technology

Halstad, MN (WDAY TV) - A small town school has gone Hi-Tech. Norman County West in Halstad got almost $200,000 in grant money to transform its school.

A small town school has gone Hi-Tech. Norman County West in Halstad got almost $200,000 in grant money to transform its school.

As Nathan McCraven teaches his 7th grade math class from this tiny hand held computer, never did he imagine he would be able to rid himself of traditional teaching supplies.

Nathan McCraven – Math Teacher: “When I came here four years ago all I had were my white boards, I didn't even have a smart board.”

With the grant money the school was able to put a smart board in every classroom along with 60 new iPads. This new technology not only excites students about learning, but it helps them stay up to date so they are better prepared for the future.

Nathan McCraven: “When these kids are in the real work force they are going to be using technology like this every day.”

The students can not only take a picture and show their work, they can also record their voice as they work through the problem.

Nathan McCraven: “Being one teacher I can only listen to one kid or help one kid at a time going through a problem, when they are talking into the iPad and recording their voice then I can go back and see exactly how every single kid was looking at the problem.”

The school’s curriculum coordinator Mary Niklaus helped push for the grant money. Niklaus saw the importance technology played in learning.

Mary Nicklaus – Curriculum Coordinator: “They can really apply themselves they can actually say that it is just not just what I find in a book, I can not only search the internet, I can Skype or face time with people across the whole United States.”

Educators aren't the only ones excited about the new state of the art improvements. The ones benefiting most, may be the most excited.

Quinn Merkens – 7th Grade: “You get more attached to using the iPad so it is a lot funner and you learn while you’re having fun.”

Gracie Schilling – 7th Grade: “More better to use iPads because you have it right there, and he can come help you and he can just erase it if you mess up.”

School officials hope to seek more grant money to incorporate more iPads.

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