Some Area Students Carrying Lighter Backpacks Thanks to Technology

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Some area students are reducing the stack of books they carry in their backpacks down to about a quarter of an inch.  They’re carrying iPads instead of text books.

“They have ownership in this,” said Dr. Jan Lancaster from her office Friday afternoon.  Lancaster is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. “They want to have that iPad.”

Lancaster says iPads are playing a greater role in the education of students at schools in the archdiocese.  Some student report beginning the school year with only three or four required text books.  The rest of their instructional material is on their tablets.

Lancaster says the digital text books also include links for expanded or interactive materials, so the iPads do more than just lighten the load in students’ backpacks.

“It keeps the children engaged  It’s more exciting.  And they don’t have to carry those book bags,” she said.

For more on the use of iPads in schools, click on the video button above.  One Archdiocese of New Orleans school is even receiving recognition from Apple for its use of technology!