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National Digital Learning Day


Wednesday was National Digital Learning Day.

Schools across the country emphasized the use of modern technology to teach students.

About 80 Charlotte -Mecklenburg schools (CMS) participated. Some teachers were able to use their iPads, iPods, iPhones and tablets. Those schools have WI-FI. Other schools don't have that luxury.

There is a digital divide in CMS. Only about 33% of CMS schools have WI-FI. The rest are still waiting for the hookup.

Ranson IB Middle school has WI-FI. Teachers say it's a big help to them.

"Every teacher right now," Ranson IB MS Facilitator Romain Bertrand said. "Has a smartphone or a tablet so they can bring that to the class. It adds another option for them."

The technology also gets students engaged.

"We got to look at our tablets," Ranson IB MS Jalen Thomas said. "And do math problems and stuff."

While Ranson school is experiencing WIFI, students over at Vance High School don't have the hookup. Teachers are forced to use make adjustments so they can use the technology they have.

"They've switched classrooms," Vance HS Assistant Principal Kim Andrews said. "So that one side of the building can get a better signal than the other one or on a child's cell phone or even our laptops. Some of our laptops carts won't work on one side."

CMS says all schools should have WI-FI so all students can bring their own technology by the 2013-2014 school year.

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