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No More Textbooks for an S.D. Middle School

Lemon Grove middle school students won't have to lug their textbooks and homework around anymore. That's because the school district is giving every child an E-PAD. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis prepar

No More Textbooks for an S.D. Middle School

Lemon Grove middle school students won't have to lug their textbooks and homework around anymore. That's because the school district is giving every child an "E-PAD." KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis prepared this report. 

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More than 1,300 Lemon Grove middle school students will get an E-Pad for free. The E-Pad is a wireless laptop designed for young students. It stores electronic versions of textbooks, databases, and a digital notebook. Students will now be expected to work on assignments at home and school using their new E-Pads. 12-year-old Guillermo Ramirez likes the E-Pad because he can bring it home.

<b> Ramirez: </b> It's portable and you can do your homework on here and email it your teacher, which is pretty cool.

Parents think it’s cool because they can use the E-Pad to check on their child's grade and homework. Educators say the project bridges the digital divide between poor and more affluent students. District officials plan to spend $1.4 million on the E-Pad over the next six years. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.