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North Trail Elementary School fifth grader Nathan Beck works out a four-measure melody on a new iPad purchased by the school's Parent-Teacher Partnership. The PTP bought 30 for student use.

Students get a new tool for learning


Usually, when the fifth graders at North Trail Elementary School compose their four-measure songs in music teacher Nancy Huppert's class, Huppert has a hard time hearing herself think because the sound of kids tapping out tunes on xylophones fills her room.

But not this year.

This year students are taking a different approach to their assignment. They're composing their songs on iPads, with the benefit of a keyboard application and a set of headphones.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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