Published: Oct 02, 2013 7:00 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- One Cape Coral High School classroom is paving the way for a new type of learning. Mentally and physically challenged students are now using Nooks as part of their lessons.

Teacher Robert Snyder received a $2,000 grant from Walmart and contributed another $500 to purchase the Nooks through a partnership with Barnes and Noble.

He says in just the last month the students have been using the new technology, he's already seen the impact. "One Hispanic student who wasn't talking before, she's now talking to her peers and to the faculty members and I've actually got her working at a work experience program at Publix now. Through this nook she's talking more and more everyday."

He says the technology engages the kids in a new way of learning. "The kids want to get on the Nooks, they wanna use them and they ask to use them everyday. They think they're playing games, but they're doing math, history, reading, it's just wonderful."

Snyder says after 16 years of teaching, it's a change for him too. "I've always been a hands-on teacher, so now I'm becoming a little more technical everyday and it's exciting because I'm learning with the kids too. It's just opened so many doors for me, my students, my assistants, we're all learning in this together and it's just so exciting, it gives me goosebumps."

Mercedes Lawler, with Barnes and Noble enjoys seeing the progress with the students. "Everytime we come, it's so great to see how engaged the students are and they're enjoying using the Nooks."

The classroom has 10 Nooks for students. Snyder says he hopes the program will expand across the district.