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Schools see rising scores with iPads

Educators say students who use the touch-screen devices for class appear to be more engaged in their studies.

Want to improve student academic performance? There’s an app for that.

Hundreds of middle school students in the central San Joaquin Valley, Calif., and across the state—each with a school-issued iPad—are using curriculum apps for their classwork and homework.

Educators say students who use the touch-screen devices for class appear to be more engaged in their studies. Students can view their school work anywhere and eMail their teachers anytime.

It seems to be making a difference: Test scores of iPad-using students are climbing.

In Fresno Unified School District, where 100 students at Kings Canyon and Sequoia middle schools are part of a four-district pilot program, the results are promising, spokeswoman Susan Bedi said.

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“The iPads have created excitement about learning algebra, which indicates that students are more engaged in the classroom,” she said, “and that will equate to higher achievement.”

School is cool

Teachers say students are more interested in learning because it’s happening where they want to be—on the cutting edge of technology.

This year, each sixth-grader at Corcoran Unified’s John Muir Middle School got an iPad from the district, one of the few in the nation to hand them out to an entire grade level.

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