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Bugg Elementary principal Michael Armstrong had a thought after watching his son with an iPad -- what would it mean to his elementary school students if they had iPads as well?His school, located in East Raleigh, had some of Wake County's lowest end-of-grade test scores. About 70 percent of his students were below the poverty level, and many lacked access to computers.But Armstrong launched an initiative to twin technology with learning; with all third graders getting access to iPads starting in the fall of 2011."We gave them to them with the commitment that they would have them for three years," Armstrong said. he turnaround, Armstrong says, has been dramatic. Students use their iPads for research, and fourth graders -- who started receiving iPads this year -- recently took the tablets outside to take pictures of a dry creek as part of their research on a drought.Even in physical education class, Bugg teacher Jessica Hook had an idea about having the students use iPads to make their own exercise videos.

"We really wanted to create videos that the kids could see themselves using," Hook said.Now the students shoot the video, edit it and post it on the Web. They even make their own QR code to access it.

Suddenly a group not accustomed to technology is pretty tech savvy -- and pretty happy to have learned all this." It's actually fun because we get to use the iPad," one student said.