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Beaufort Co. school board discusses iPad initiative's first year

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Students, teachers and board members say adding iPads to the classroom was one of the best decisions Beaufort County School District ever made.

"It really helps us a lot better," said 9-year-old Abi Wiley, student.

Last year, Beaufort County spent more than $5 million for iPads, and there were some in the county who apposed that decision.

School board chair Bill Evans admits that was a lot of money to spend, but he says test scores will show it was in the students best interest.

"We think we have some good results coming back from our map testing, stuff that shows that the kids are using things and they are learning," said Evans.

The district purchased 8,000 iPads. They were used in the 7th through 9th grades.

"It helps you learn with your math facts, and then it actually gives you the apps you need to study for tests if you forget books or stuff at school for homework," said Wiley.

The district hopes to purchase more ipads for other grades in the near future.

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