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      iPads, iPod Touch devices make debut at McAllen ISD schools

      First grade students at Andrew Jackson Elementary can now read 100 words per minute.

      "She records me and then I TMm going to record her, Mia Rosales said. I was doing the voice (reading) and she was timing me for one minute. When I stopped we started counting out the words on the itouch."

      Teacher Ruth Whiddon told Action 4 News this new piece of technology is a dream come true for her and her students.

      "I have always looked forward to this day, Whiddon said. I told my friends that one day we would have all of our books on the itouch and one day handwriting will become obsolete because everything will be done on the computer. All of them said no...but in fact here it is."

      Whiddon said it is not just about bringing these kids and even their parents into the technological age---but about alleviating some issues that have plagued school children for years.

      "Having 50 pounds in their backpack every day hurts their back and isn't good for them, Whiddon said. Having all of their books on an itouch is awesome. Also, if a book becomes outdated they can easily update it on their Itouch."

      For more information on McAllen ISD TMs TLC3 program, click here.