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Published February 14, 2013, 05:52 PM

Fargo North high school students make an effort to go paperless

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sophomore students at Fargo North are ditching their books and f worksheets for tablet computers.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Sophomore students at Fargo North are ditching their books and f worksheets for tablet computers.

It's part of a multi-year effort to get Fargo high school students to go paperless.

It seemed a little like Christmas again at the Fargo North Library, where today, close to 300 sophomores received Dell latitude tablet computers. Part of the district's Glass Paper Project.

Jodell Teiken/Fargo School Dist.: "The big thing is 21st century learning. Helping students use those tools in a seamless way and we want them to be problem solving and finding information."

For faculty and students it is a sea chance. Assignments, tests, research papers will now be accessible on these tablets.

Jamee Cadreau/student: "Not having a computer at home I will be able to do it at home instead of coming to school early to get into the lab I can do it before bed."

Eric Arness/Science Teacher: "In the long run we will have more options and the students are more excited about it and motivated."

And to keep the 280 on task during the day, off Facebook and other inappropriate sites, the tablets come with a special filter that is relaxed once the students go home at night.

The 180-thousand dollars for the Dell Tablets comes out of the districts IT budget. Davies will get the tablets next fall. And the Glass Paper Project will head into two 6th grade sections next week, as part of an elementary pilot project.

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