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My Dog Ate My iPad? Local Schools Do Away With Textbooks

Brett Blume
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  At Lutheran High School North and Lutheran High School South, they’re not just waiting for the future to arrive.

They’re making it happen – now.

For the first time ever this school year, all 830 students at both schools are using school-issued Apple iPads for their classwork.

“They’re digital learners,” says Tim Hipenbecker, president of the Lutheran High School Association, of his high school students. “A great deal of what they do outside the school is related to that digital learning. We felt very strongly that putting an iPad in the hands of every student and every teacher would be a way for us to provide an engaging and personalized educational opportunity.”

Such breakthroughs don’t come for free.

Each student is charged a $200 “technology fee” for the iPad, which includes apps and insurance.

The effort also benefitted from a grant of nearly $400,000 from the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis to advance the schools’ “one-to-one” technology initiative, which offers all students and teachers continuous access to an array of digital learning resources.

Students and parents are instructed what constitutes acceptable use of the mobile device.

“It is being received very well,” says Hipenbecker. “Our students are really taking hold of it, as well as our teachers. I do think this is the way of the future.”

Not to mention the way to lighter backpacks for Lutheran High students who don’t have to lug around those heavy textbooks anymore.

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