WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board has approved a recommendation to allow two schools to have iPad 2's in the classroom.
Right now, a kindergarten, first and third grade class at Drayton Hall are using iPads. With Monday evening's approval, all of Drayton Hall will get iPad 2's plus one more elementary school in Charleston County.
"They have made a huge difference in learning. The kids test grades have gotten much better," said Amy Winsted, a teacher at Drayton Hall Elementary.
"It saves so much paper. Eventually we're hoping to let kids take tests and quizzes on the iPads and e-mail them to their teachers," Winsted said.
The money for the iPads comes out of the allotted money for technology. Winsted said classrooms usually get two new computers, but she said the iPads are much more effective and all the students are assigned their own individual iPad.
The District hopes to save money by using the devices as textbooks and by cutting down on the use of paper and making copies in the future.
If the IPAD proves positive than the hope is place an IPAD in all classrooms in the District.
Teachers will be trained on using the devices and have access to free educational apps that best meet the needs of the curriculum and state standards.
The district says the IPADS will come at a price tag of under 500 dollars each and is cheaper than a computer or a lap top.