TLC3 Program Changes Life In Public School

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 9:12am

MCALLEN - It's hard to believe that iPads have been in the classroom of only two semesters in McAllen ISD. In just that short amount of time, these little devices have transformed almost every aspect of school life.

Take for example, McAllen High School's orchestra class.

"What we did today is she recorded us playing and then we looked at it via the airplay. She points out our mistakes, and it's like oh I didn't see that, so basically it's like playing in front of a mirror," said Isaac Chavez, Senior.

With the help of technology, students are learning in a more visual way.

"They find things quickly, they solve problems quickly, they do research a lot faster because it is at their finger tips," said Erin Tovar, Orchestra Director.

But up until now, only teachers and about a fourth of the district student body has had access to these devices.

By thanksgiving though, the school district plans for every student to have these devices in hand. But to get a device, each student's parents must register and give consent.

"So the same place where they go to check grades and attendance, there is a little icon that says register your students for a TLC 3 device, which is the iPad for us, for the lower grades it is an iPod," said Noe Torres, Librarian.

In total, 22,000 iPads and iPods will be signed out. And these little devices are already affecting everything. Backpacks are lighter, every task has an application, notes and homework are completed without paper, and even lessons can be shared between schools.

"It's really cool to be apart of it. To be honest I am a little bit jealous that this is my first and only year," said Chavez.

For seniors like Chavez, it's bitter sweet. But at least they got to experience the first days of a total education transformation that iPads will bring to public schools.

To learn how to register your student, visit http://mcallenisd.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=261143

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