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Valdosta teachers, students surprised with iPads

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Some lucky Valdosta students now have a new tool to use in the classroom. On Monday 15 teachers and their students were surprised with sets of iPads.

In today's technologically advanced world, it's every teacher's dream to teach on a tablet. And for two S.L. Mason Elementary teachers that dream is now just one swipe away.

Every Valdosta City School teacher was given a chance to apply for a classroom set of iPads. But only 15 teachers were selected.

"Shock, excitement, very appreciative of this, very. I know these are very expensive," said K-5 gifted teacher, Donna Campa.

Through the Race to The Top Grant, VCS has been able to provide over 800 iPads to students and teachers.

"Look at all those pictures. Does that help you think of some fruits that you see," said ESOL teacher, Lawren Hadden.

For these teachers, its changing the way they teach.

"It is so much easier. If they have one in front, they're each doing a brochure on a particular landmark in Valdosta, so they can look up their information, help themselves, it'll be quicker faster we can get though more material and move on," said Campa.

And for the students, they're even more eager to learn.

"They're so much more aware of things, especially globally right now, and this helps. At the touch a finger you can have pretty much anything," said Campa.

It's 21st century learning, at the touch of a finger.

13 other Valdosta teachers at five other schools were also surprised their a classroom set of iPads Monday.

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