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Bishop Kenny High School trades in books for iPads

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Updated: 8/19/2013 5:04 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This year Bishop Kenny High School is going completely digital.

They're getting rid of most of their books and their backpacks, and now everything they need is at the touch of a button.

Every teacher and all 1,185 students at Bishop Kenny are now equipped with the tablet.

Action News has learned they're the only Catholic college-prep school in Northeast Florida to integrate this one-to-one learning style.

"They're digital natives in regards to the iPhones, iPads and iPods -- the music and the games -- but we're teaching them obviously, the educational use of this device," said Bishop Kenny High School principal Todd Orlando.

That means social media and gaming apps are blocked. Only educational resources can be downloaded, which students we spoke to have already delved into.

"I think the e-Books are really cool. They're really interactive. I know my history book has interactive videos and different things you can click on," said 11th grader Sophie Liguori.

"Not having to carry books, I mean it weighs a pound, instead of these big books that weigh like 5 pounds," said 11th-grader Ryan Gallagher.

They're not tossing out all their books just yet. Orlando said traditional books will phase out over the next several years.
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