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Tablets to replace textbooks? Yes, in Mandan, N.D.

Tablets will be the textbooks in three science courses at Mandan High School. The iPad tablets will appear in the fall as part of a pilot project.

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Kindergarten teacher Sue larue tries out an iPad April 12, 2011 in Auburn, Maine. Five kindergarten teachers were given iPad tablets to try out in preparation for next year when nearly 300 kindergarteners will be given their own iPad2s. In Mandan, N.D., iPads will replace textbooks in three high school science courses starting in the fall.

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Mandan High School is replacing textbooks with iPads for three of its science courses next year.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that the school district will buy 104 of the tablet computers for its ecology, physics and honors physical science classes.

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Superintendent Wilfred Volesky says it's a pilot project, and officials think the science department is a good one to test the tablets. Students will have access to a wide variety of tools such as virtual labs, and they'll be able to submit assignments electronically.

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The project will cost just under $60,000.

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