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New program will change education says school

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A new way to learn is coming to East Texas, and, if it works, it could change the way children are educated around the country. It's called an iSchool.

Cumberland Academy and technology giant Apple have a unique partnership.

"It's way beyond all of our dreams," said Jim Cotton, the co-founder of Cumberland Academy.

"I'm really excited about it," said James Moyers, principal of Cumberland Academy.

"It's really a unique way to learn for the kids," said Jeff Skousen, director of Highmark School Development.

Say goodbye to pencils and notepads. Gone are the days of dry erase boards.

"Cumberland Academy will be leading the way," said Moyers.

2010 is the last year students at Cumberland Academy will walk the halls. Their new home waits on the corner of Shiloh and Chad in Tyler.

In less, than seven months, an empty lot will morph into a state-of-the-art educational facility. The first of its kind in Texas. The new school will combine traditional methods of education, such as performing arts, while utilizing new technology.

"Each child in an iSchool will receive an Apple laptop computer," said Skousen.

Promethean boards will be installed in every classroom, essentially a white board connected to a computer.

"These are boards that are interactive between the students and the teachers," explained Skousen.

Another interesting aspect of the new Cumberland Academy iSchool is that every student will be able to take home an iTouch, where they can download their books and homework and do everything electronically.

The iSchool concept was created in Utah less than a year ago.

Principal Moyers recently visited that school and was impressed by how engaged the students were.

"If children are excited about the technology, they'll be excited about learning and they'll learn more," said Moyers.

School administrators expect the number of students enrolled to expand from 230 to 440 when the new school opens in August.

The Cumberland Academy enrolls students kindergarten through sixth grade.

Applications are being accepted. Click here for more information.

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