Baldwin's Digital Renaissance Expands

Baldwin's Digital Renaissance Expands

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

An increase in sales tax revenue will mean more laptops and IPads are headed into Baldwin county classrooms.

The "digital renaissance" is expanding to include more than 13 thousand students.

Baldwin county schools will spend four million dollars for classrooms of the future. "Our classrooms have been turned into a community of learners instead of individual students," says fourth grade teacher Katie Nettles.

The 'digital renaissance', as its called, is transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. "When they are learning on their own and discovering on their own they own it and they are not going to forget it," says Nettles.

Gulf Shores elementary students have already been using IPads and laptops over the last couple of years but starting in January elementary students throughout the system will get that same opportunity.

"The school board decided to roll out a one-to-one initiative which is Mac book one-to-one for every elementary school across Baldwin county," says school board member Angie Swiger.

That means six thousand K through second graders will receive IPads. "You give an IPad to a five year old that five year old can do more with that IPad in the first five minutes it's in their hands than an adult can do in two days," says Swiger.

More than 74 hundred third through sixth grade students will get laptops. Students are only allowed to take the devices home beginning in the fourth grade and that's where parents may see the biggest change. "It's nice to have my kids teach me instead of me harping on them about what they need to learn and doing their homework," says Jason Dyken. "They do it independently."

More parents will get to see what that feels like by the end of January.

Middle school students received their lap tops last week. The system launched it's high school program during the last school year.

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