NEWPORT NEWS -- When it comes to children and electronics, many parents fear if they buy it, the kids will break it. That's not the case at Hilton Elementary School in Newport News.

Ms. Theriault's 4th grade class was granted 25 iPads two years ago. Thousands of points and clicks later, not one device has been damaged or broken.

These digital natives are comfortableusing the iPad for classroom assignments and they know how to handle them with care.

During a recent lesson on inferred communicating, paper and pencils were out of sight as the students followed lesson plans on their iPads, and later took a quiz.

Hilton got the devices through a city-sponsored grant, but experts with an eye on technology say it's a matter of time and money before all schools transition to the digital classroom.

The iPad, Kindle, Nook and other tablets cost $150 to $500 or more. The cost of content ranges from slightly less than the price of printed books to free.

Tonight on 13News Now at 6, a look at how most children, including those with special needs, can benefit from digital learning and whether these devices can help failing schools.

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