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Arab schools begin digital transition

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Arab began introducing iPads to teachers last year. Arab began introducing iPads to teachers last year.

When junior and high school students come back to class in Arab on Monday, textbooks will, for the most part, be a thing of the past. More than $1 million has been invested in the use of iPads.

Arab City Schools purchased around 300 tablets last year for the teachers. After positive response, the system decided to put technology in the hands of students.

More than 1,800 iPads are waiting to be distributed to students at Arab High School next week. That's more than enough for the students in grades six through twelve, as well as left over for spares. Superintendent John Mullins said students will be able to download their textbooks and take tests on the iPads. Students will also be able to take notes and not worry about losing them.

Mullins said using iPads will help the teacher continue the learning process even when class isn't in session. "Our teachers are going to be encouraged to record their lectures and post them where kids can get access to them, so the kid who is sick or didn't catch a concept in class can go back and watch that lecture," Mullins said.

Students go back to school on Monday. iPads will begin being distributed next Thursday. The students' first assignment will be to download their textbooks next weekend.

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