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DeSoto teacher uses iPods for learning

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Portable music devices like iPods aren't typically allowed in DeSoto County Schools, but there's an exception to every rule.

Teacher Sara Jane Russell has been using iPods in her economics class at DeSoto Central High School this year as a teaching aid.

"I was determined that I was gonna find a grant that would put iPods in my classroom, so that the kids could integrate the new technology with their curriculum," she said.

The Integrating Innovative Ideas grant gave Russell enough money to purchase 33 iPods, into which she downloads podcasts and other learning tools.

Tuesday, students used the devices to learn about the stock market.  Senior student Christina Moss said she is not a 'technological' person by nature, but is loving the iPod way of learning.

"It's great to come in here and be able to use the iPods, and it makes it easier," she said.  "Instead of having to carry a book around, we just come in here, get the iPods out, and learn our lesson."

Marius Wolf, a 17-year old junior and a foreign exchange student from Germany, said teachers still use traditional methods back home, but he might offer a suggestion.

"I will come home and talk with my teachers about it, and say that it's a very big improvement for the students," he said. "It's pretty easy, and it makes much more fun to learn."

Russell said using the devices is a sign of the changing times.

"It's something they're interested in," she said. "It's not the old boring classroom anymore."

This is the first year of iPod education at the DeSoto Central. Russell said that she might have to expand this program next year as the interest level of students continues to grow.

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