PRAIRIEVILLE (WBRZ) - Ascension Parish Schools are one of nine districts in the state and three in our area highlighted for their use of technology in schools Wednesday.

In the past two years the state has increased technology in school districts, with 47 districts meeting the state's expectations of one computer for every seven students.

Ascension Schools has a ratio of nearly one computer for every student, and middle schools are leading the way.

Dutchtown Middle School students each get an iPad at the beginning of the year, to use at school and home.

"It's a lot easier for me, because sometimes I type a lot faster than I write, and then when I go back in my binder and stuff it wouldn't be a page I have to find, it would be right there on my iPad," said Arnell Coleman, an eighth grader who first got an iPad this year.

Teachers at the school said they're able to teach more efficiently and keep every student learning at their own pace.

"It really helps with individualized instruction, the kids are in different places at different times so it allows some of them to watch videos, while others are catching up on their work from the day before, others can move forward," said Lisa Louque, an eighth grade math teacher at Dutchtown Middle.

"It's easier because I can just go back to my notes from class, or things that we learned on the iPad, my grades are better than they were last year or the year before, because of the iPad," said Emma Benoit.

St. Helena and Iberville were also highlighted for their efforts in leading the way with technology.

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