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At Kansas school, teacher sheds pen and paper

KSAL Staff - September 1, 2013 11:39 am

Kansas Education Commissioner Randy Watson says the state needs to double the percentage of students who earn college degrees or training certificates in order to compete in the changing economy.

In with classroom technology. Out with paper.

That’s the mantra of a seventh-grade language arts class at Perry-Lecompton Middle School, where teacher Saul Heide is using his school’s move to computer tablets as an opportunity to shed the use of pen and paper.

6News Lawrence reports the district has been pushing technology. High school students are given iPads, and Heide hopes his younger students’ use of the tablets will get them ready.

In the class, students’ essays, coursework and tests are done on iPads. Heide says not having stacks of essays piling up on his desk helps him keep organized.

He says he got the idea for the paperless classroom after finishing his graduate degree online and reading an article about another teacher’s move to a paperless class.

Red Neck

September 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

An who suffers down the road? It sure will not be the teacher or the school district. Technology is great but you what to teach 95% without it.

Fuchs Mi

September 3, 2013 at 12:12 am

How much are they paying this so called teacher to take the easy way out?

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