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Jamestown Elementary embraces technology

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It's one o’clock in the afternoon. But in Mr. Turner's classroom, it's almost always technology time

In the classroom, kindergarteners create math equations on iPads. They work on writing too, but the interface is the bigger lesson.

In all, Jamestown Elementary has 100 iPads, 50 iPods, a Mac for every teacher and a computer lab to rival some colleges.

“I believe in tech because it helps meet the needs in the classroom,” says Jamestown principal Kenwyn Schaffner.

Schaffner says some of the impressive arsenal came from private funding - from parents who want their kids to have every advantage. And the Jamestown model is catching.

Jo Guerrera from the Nottingham PTA headed the "Check for Tech" campaign to raise tens of thousands of dollars for her kids' school.

Giving generously to public schools isn't new to Inga Middleton, who used to live in California.

“Some parents would donate $10,000 or more at least,” she says.

The recommendation when her three children attended Manhattan Beach public schools --- a $600 per child donation.

She also worries about the children whose parents can't pony up the dollars to make a difference .

And just this week, the school board found $400,000 extra in the budget that is now dedicated solely to technology for kids.

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