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Muller Road opens year by closing books

Aug 16, 2011 8:27:00 AM - thestate.com
At Muller Road Middle School, everything was brand-new as the school year opened Monday, including the Apple iPad tablets that each 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade student carried from class to class.

In an innovation that signals a new way of thinking about textbooks and note-taking and, yes, even homework, the newest Richland 2 middle school, located in Blythewood, is going totally digital.

“I like it a lot. It’s faster,” said Emily Keys, 12, a 7th-grader who already had applied a distinctive hot pink cover to her iPad. “Our school supply list was huge last year, but here it was just ear buds.”

Forget those back-breaking backpacks loaded with heavy textbooks. Principal Lori Marrero said her students won’t need backpacks because they won’t be hauling around weighty English, science and social-studies tomes. The same goes for lockers to store the books.

Lockers do line some halls at Muller Road. Marrero, a former principal at E.L. Wright Middle School, was too late in halting their installation, but she said students won’t be using them. Instead, students sport soft over-the-shoulder bags to house the thin, lightweight Apple tablets.

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