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Age Of The Tablet: Mobile Technology Transforms Baltimore Classrooms

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  Trading in the old for the new.

Andrea Fujii shows us how high-tech learning is transforming a city classroom.

So long traditional chalkboards…welcome to the age of the tablet.

“They’re more engaged than ever before and they’re actually learning a lot more,” said Dr. Barney Wilson, principal.

Thanks to a partnership with Verizon Wireless, Reginald Lewis High School is trying a new method to engage students.

About 150 students are using a thin computer in Spanish class.

“Since I can hear them it’s more better for me because I can understand and I won’t be lost in the class,” said Jesston Pitchford, student.

Tablets  inside a mobile classroom help students prepare for the SAT.

“We’re getting to learn new stuff. New words we never heard before, new strategies to do better on the SATs,” said Mawa Kava, student.

Studies show increasing the use of mobile learning devices improves academic achievement.

A couple years ago, about 40 percent of the students went on to college. With help from this program, officials expect that number to increase to 60 percent.

“I believe this bus is going to lead to at least a 200 to 500 point swing on the SAT,” said Wilson.

Kava aspires to be an attorney.  She believes this program is the first step in getting her there.

“In order for me to get to the college I want, they need a higher SAT score for me and I need to know more and try my best,” she said.

Along with tutoring help from Morgan State students, the mobile learning lab also travels to three other city high schools.

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