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Tablets transform teaching in California county

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 11:58 AM

California is among the states that are currently transitioning to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). According to the California Department of Education, educators in the Golden State have the option of choosing between hardcopy textbooks and digital alternatives. No matter what road individual school districts decide to go down, there is no denying that classrooms in and outside of California will continue to become more technologically advanced in the years ahead.

Schools in California's Ventura County are providing a glimpse of what instruction using modern technology could look like under the CCSS. Students attending the area's various institutions have recently had an opportunity to use Apple's different types of iPads, the Ventura County Star reported.

"Teachers are really excited because it's like they're reinventing teaching through this device," Melissa Wantz, the technology specialist at Foothill Technology High School, told the news source.

Students in a Foothill social studies class recently learned about different federal government agencies by creating political cartoons on an iPad mini. Meanwhile, third-graders at La Mariposa Elementary School were practicing their double-digit multiplication skills using an iPad app.