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      CLK students receive iPads as first day of classes unfolds

      Another school year begins at Calumet Public Schools, and this time around, the first day of school has one reason to be celebrated...or 1,000 of them. Fourth through 12th grade students can now add iPads to their list of backpack items. It's all part of a new initiative that promotes student learning and advancement. "We had some stimulus money and we used that stimulus money to advance technology," said CLK Superintendent Darryl Pierce.

      Students will now have their homework right at their fingertips, and they'll also be able to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

      The 4th and 5th grade students will leave them in the classrooms, but our 6th through 12th graders will take them outside the classroom, and that's part of our initiative, and our motto is we want our students to learn anytime, anywhere, Pierce said. E-mail, textbooks, and educational games are all applications installed on each iPad. That means no Facebook or Facetime. But that doesn't seem to bother most students, in fact, they say they're excited to have a lighter backpack and easier access to homework.

      "It helps me because we have books right on the iPads," said Bryce Johnson, a junior.

      "I TMm always traveling for sports, and it TMs going to be a lot easier to have everything in one place and be able to take it with me on sporting events," said junior Brendan Jacques. Pierce hopes the latest Apple gadget will keep students informed in and outside the classroom.

      "We wanted to provide our students with an enhancement that would give them a tool that could access the world TMs information at their fingertips," Pierce said.