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Dothan elementary school buys new Chromebooks, iPads with grant

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) -

Cloverdale Elementary School has multiplied its learning tools for students. With help from Title l funds and other state funding, they've bought more iPads and Chromebooks for students to use during class. The school can now provide each of its students with their own device.

School leaders purchased iPads for K-2 students and Chromebooks for 3-5th graders. Prior to these grants, Dothan City Schools provided the tech devices through an initiative for 4-12th grade students.

The additional devices will allow students in lower grades to use them in the classroom, while 3-5th won't have to share a limited amount of devices anymore.

"We just started having a vision of having all of our children with a device in this school," explained principal Aneta Walker. "That way we could do flipped classrooms, individualized instruction, and really just tailor learning for different kids." 

Technology is advancing every day and school leaders are hoping these tools will better prepare students for the future.

Kenneth Parrish said using iPads in class makes learning more fun.

"Whenever it's 'Fun Time Friday', which is always on Friday, we have to do our handwriting, and then she calls names of who's done good this week," Parrish said.

Students are able to play educational games, research, read, listen to audio and e-books and more.

"While technology alone is not how we teach, it is an important tool in this day and age, and our students have to be able to not only use technology but to be able to use different platforms," Dothan City Schools Superintendent Charles Ledbetter explained.

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