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New digital literacy labs hit Dubuque middle schools

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Middle school students in the Dubuque Community School District are getting a blast of brand new technology.

The district opened seven new digital literacy labs this year in its three middle schools.

The schools got the labs according to how many eighth graders it has. Roosevelt got three, while Jefferson and Washington both got two.

The labs and the digital, financial and career literacy classes taught there teach students how to use new technology and how to be responsible about it.

Jesse McDowell teaches eighth-grade students literacy at Washington Middle School.

"(We) talk a lot about Internet safety and healthy online habits and, really, how the digital world impacts their lives, both in their career, with employers looking at Facebook and social media, and then how social media impacts, kind of, our culture," McDowell said.

The seven labs cost some $55,000 each. The district funded them through the instructional support levy.

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