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San Diego Schools Get High-Tech Tools

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Pencils, textbooks and chalkboards are becoming things of the past in San Diego public schools. Today, students are using a whole host of digital tools as part of the district's technology plan.

— Pencils, textbooks and chalkboards are becoming things of the past in San Diego public schools. Today, students are using a whole host of digital tools as part of the district's technology plan.

Third and sixth grade classes, as well as high school math classes, now use what's called i21 technology. That’s a bundle of high-tech tools designed to increase student performance.

Students type on small computers called Netbooks to do their assignments and research. Teachers use touch-screen whiteboards instead of chalkboards for class exercises.

Amy Morgan and John Cristini are sixth graders at Pershing Middle School in San Carlos. They say students really like the Netbooks.

“They get more involved because they like doing it on a computer instead of writing notes down in their notebook,” Morgan said.

“It's easier to type something than it is to keep writing and writing,” Cristini said. “It keeps you interested. You don't get bored.”

All schools will get the technology over the next few years. The high-tech plan is costing the district about $350 million. That money comes from the $2.1 billion Proposition S school bond measure.

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