Fla. Push for Digital Textbooks, Tests Has Schools Scrambling

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Students at Lake Minneola High School spent the year reading from shiny, new iPads instead of textbooks, something many say helped them stay engaged with schoolwork.

At the first-year school in Lake County, almost 2,000 gadgets infiltrated the classrooms. Theater students rehearsed with iPads instead of paper scripts, and math students could watch their teacher via pre-recorded videos from home.

Electronics and digital upgrades are becoming a larger part of Florida classrooms, fueled by a state push for schools to start adopting all-digital textbooks by 2015-16 and to test more students online.

At Audubon Park Elementary School in Orange County, students can tote personal electronics into the classroom to connect to the Internet. And at Ocoee Middle School, students learning English can use school-issued iPods to record themselves so a teacher can monitor their fluency.

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