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Atlanta middle school teacher uses technology to teach students French

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An Atlanta Public Schools teacher is tapping into technology to teach her middle school students French.

Rap is just one of the many tools Madame Shamita Johnson uses to teach her students French at Price Middle School. The Fulbright Scholar and Exchange teacher is also harnessing technology in the classroom.

"Technology is the 21st century. How can you teach without technology?" Johnson said.

In addition to the iPads the students use, they communicate via Skype with their sister school in France. The students say it motivates them to learn the language.

 "We're young, so we know much about technology and it really appeals to our senses because we can do more on the technology," said Demetrius Dozier, a 6th grade student.

"And then with the Skype call, instead of just writing to them or sending letters to them we can talk face to face too," said Dyamond Jefferson, an 8th grader.

Dyamond and Demetrius are among 10 Price students chosen to travel to France this summer to visit and live with the students they've become friends with on the internet.

Madame Deborah Keeton, a middle school teacher at Haur Penoy Middle School in France, says the trip has inspired her students to really learn English.

"Now they know why they have to learn English. It's not in a book anymore. They have people in front of them," said Keeton.

But for Madame Johnson, it's a chance to give her students what a middle school teacher gave her as a child growing up in Philadelphia's inner city -- a trip to France.

"I want to take them to see the world because they need to. And when they do, they will change, and they will give back to the community just as I am," Johnson said.

The Price students need more than $34,000 to pay for 16 round trip airline tickets to France for themselves and their parents. Click here if you'd like to help.

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