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Digital Classrooms at Grapevine ISD a Success

More digital classrooms coming at the start of the school year

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Saturday, May 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:56 PM CDT
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Technology is helping make teaching fun in North Texas and a Grapevine elementary school's way is making them role models for other school districts.

Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News

Technology is helping make teaching fun in North Texas and a Grapevine elementary school's way is making them role models for other school districts.

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At Timberline Elementary School the days of pencil and paper for lessons are over.

"Paper can get lost, ripped, or you can forget all about it," Bella Norris, a student said.

Norris is one of 22 fifth graders that are in a digital classroom. It’s part of an initiative at the Grapevine Independent School District to bring tablet computers and other technology in the classroom.

"We have competition from all over so we must teach in a different way," Dr. Robin Ryan, Grapevine ISD superintendent said. "We've infused technology and our teachers have embraced it. We've gone from six classrooms to 35 this year."

The initiative has been so successful among the student at Timberline elementary that now other school districts like the Harlingen Consolidated ISD are looking to integrate similar programs at their schools.

"It allows students to learn as groups, learn independently and allows them to advance together and individually," Gerry Fleuriet, HCISD board president said.

In August, Timberline elementary will receive three more digital classrooms part of several dozen across the school district.

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