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Steve Jobs' impact on Technology felt in Cedar Valley

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

A shiny apple. It's an iconic emblem found on devices that dominate our daily lives from computers to iPods. The iTech Apple Store in Cedar Falls deals with these forms of technology on a daily basis all of which have been influenced by Steve Jobs.

"I don't think that people realize how much they rely - first of all - on technology on a daily basis, and how much Steve Jobs has influenced what we do on a daily basis like how we're able to do our jobs, how we're able to communicate with others anywhere in the world. A lot of that is directly correlated to the work he's done throughout his life," said iTech store manager, Ryan Sealock.

Columbus High School in Waterloo wants to make sure students are prepared for the 21st Century. That's why it bought iPad 2's for every student from 6th to 12th grade.

"The apps that are on the device allow them to personalize the way they learn so if they're an auditory learner they can use Speak it! to have text read to them. If they're not great writers they can use Dragon Dictation to speak and have their text written out for them and they could copy and past into a document and then just fix the fine tuning about what they write," said Technology Coordinator for the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools, Joanna Seyemour.

By the end of the year, school officials believe they will have purchased around 600 of these devices. It's a move not just to improve test scores, but to prepare these students to be global citizens.

"It's not about Apple. It's not about the device. It's never about the gadgets. It's about the connection and the relationship that are built through technology," said Seyemour.

Columbus is one of a number of schools in eastern Iowa that have begun using iPads for educational purposes.

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