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WAVERLY, Iowa - Smart phones, iPads, Kindles and other tablets are everywhere, including in our schools. A new study from Common Sense Media shows 75% of kids now have access to mobile technology such as smartphones or laptops. In 2011, that figure was 52%. Schools in Iowa are embracing that trend as 167 school districts have, or plan to, adopt a 1:1 ratio, or one laptop or tablet for each student at various grade levels.
For the last two years, students at Waverly-Shell Rock Middle School have had technology at their fingertips. Right now, kids from fifth grade through high school have their own iPads to use at school and at home.
"It's a lot easier for people to type instead of write," said Kesley Wheeler, a student in Mrs. Ott's fifth grade class explained. "It's a lot faster."
"They can track what we've looked up and our games and stuff like that," says Donovan Wessel, addressing concerns of inappropriate behavior on the iPads. The district flags anything deemed inappropriate and locks students out of applications that aren't needed for school. Middle school students are locked out of Facebook and Apple's App Store, but still have access to Twitter.
Each student also has access to an e-mail account. "If you don't know the answer and you don't want to cheat, you can e-mail your teacher or somebody instead of raising your hand," adds Sam Guetzliff.
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