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Like any tool, iPads can be used…and misused

iPads present problems and opportunities in school

iPad-problemBeckley, W.Va. mom Kym Cox says her son won’t stop playing MineCraft, a popular online game, and the problem has gotten worse since he was given an iPad through the iRaleigh Initiative.

Her son, an eighth-grade student at Park Middle School, has seen lower grades as a result, she said, because he and other students routinely play games like Minecraft and Flappy Birds during school hours.

“If Architectural Minecraft was a grade, my kid would be rocking it,” said Cox, 44. “He’s an architectural genius when it comes to Minecraft, but the rest of his grades. … I blame a lot of it on the iPad.”

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