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iPads offer a new learning experience

Hilton, N.Y. - Technology has been taken to a new level in one Monroe County elementary school.

On Thursday, Northwood Elementary School in Hilton passed out iPads to 5th and 6th graders.

We can do more on the iPad then we can do on paper, said 6th grader Anna Wiza.

Wiza said having the iPad will allow her to have her own computer time.

This will allow this individual child of mine to have her own research tool right in her hands, said Annas Mother Katie Wiza. She doesn't have to wait for a sibling, she can access the education applications that I'm told are going to be on there, and they're going to be safe guarding her when she's on it.

Parents and students sat together in an iPad introduction seminar before nearly 300 iPads were passed out to the students, Thursday.

The iPads are available through the district funding and a state reimbursement program for technology.

Parents and their children sat together in on an iPad introduction seminar.

We were looking at ways to get one on one technology in the hands of kids so they could do their work their daily work, said Kirk Ashton, principal at Northwood Elementary.

All the iPads come with security limiting what the students can do.

There will be no face-timing, instant messaging, or downloading of apps.

I think we all share a responsibly, as far as appropriate use to technology and we have to look at the benefits and that it opens up the world for our children, said Ashton. We can't be fearful of that.

But not all parents are on board with the iPad.

One parent who didn't want to go on camera said he wanted proof that the iPad will improve learning before his child was sent home with one.

All of the students went home with an iPad, Thursday.

Principal Ashton said the long term hope is to expand the use of technology in the classroom from 5th and 6th grade into middle and high school.

Kelsie Smith, 13WHAM-TV
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