BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - Middle school students throughout Beaufort County now have new technology at their fingertips.
Through the district's iPad initiative, they are putting more than 7,500 new iPads in the hands of 6th through 9th graders throughout the county.
At Beaufort Middle School, students will be using the iPads in their core classes.
"Engaging students in learning is probably one of the biggest challenges that a middle school teacher has and these devises are extremely engaging, new and interesting," said Carol Ingram, Beaufort Middle School Principal.
Sixth graders couldn't wait to get their hands on them.
"I never really used an iPad before so it's fun to know something new," said Micaela Hicks, student.
"I'm pretty excited because we usually do our stuff on the computer and now that we have apps, there's bunch of other stuff to do," said Luke Londono, student.
To help them learn about these new devises, Travis Allen, the founder and president of iSchool Initiative showed off some of the cool apps that they will be able to access, including dissecting frogs and making music.
"There are so many doors that open up once these students have the opportunity to explore the world around them. I think it's an absolutely great initiative," said Allen.
The 8th graders have had their iPads for a couple of days now.
"It's going well, they're excited," said Ingram.
They're hoping this technology will take learning to new heights
The iPad initiative cost $5.5 million dollars. While the majority of the money came from federal title one funds targeting high poverty schools, the district used $1.8 million out of the general fund to pay for the remainder. In order to do that, the district had to raise taxes.