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Educators look to triumphs, troubles of digital conversion

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Schools across the state line are also looking to make the digital switch. Schools across the state line are also looking to make the digital switch.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Huntsville City School District has had its share of growing pains when it comes to its digital transition.

Now their troubles and triumphs are being closely watched by other school systems. For them, it's not if they will ditch the books in favor of tablets and laptops, it's when.

Instructors from all over the southeast visited classrooms, and talked with teachers and students about what works and what doesn't.

Chris Hamilton from Athens City Schools is one of many staff members getting a closer look at how the technology transition is panning out.

"Today's students expect this. They are born into a world with technology. It is just a part of their lives," said Hamilton.

As her school district goes from computer labs to iPads, Hamilton is using the tour to gain new ideas.

"They reinforced the fact for a good strong infrastructure and that you have to have the wireless capabilities to handle all the increased traffic. They reinforced the importance of professional development with teachers," said Hamilton.  

Schools across the state line are also looking to make the switch. Terry Sue Fanning with Lincoln County Schools said her district has a lot to gain by making the same move.

"I hear examples of students who weren't as engaged in the classroom, that attendance is up, and discipline referrals are down. Students are at school because they want to be here," said Fanning.

But students and teachers at Huntsville City Schools were also up front about the speed bumps they have run into.

"The chairman of the school board spoke on lessons they have learned and she told us things that if they could do it again, they might do differently," said Fanning.  

These are things to keep in mind as they embark on their own digital transition journeys.

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