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900 JSU students getting iPads

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson State students will be on the cutting edge of technology when they return to the classroom this fall. 

Nine hundred JSU students are taking part in the iPad Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative, a non-profit foundation designed to support the University.

Foundation President, and Chemistry Professor William McHenry Ph.D. says, "We looked at how do we encourage students academic success, how do we assist folks in taking advantage of learning opportunities.  The research we looked at said the iPad with the iBooks will accelerate learning."

The iPads will be distributed to the students this week in an effort to enhance their learning, and help them save money on textbooks. 

"It comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and a case to protect it, but also it's loaded with software that will help in productivity, like Microsoft Office," says McHenry.

The students will save their work virtually, allowing their instructors to track their progress.  The iPads also have security and tracking software.

Most of the course textbooks will be available for purchase online.  Some discounted because they're in e-form.

"We think it's going to enhance learning and help parents trying to support their kids education," says McHenry.

The students must complete two years to gain ownership of the iPads. This is the largest iPad scholarship program in the country.

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