ALLENDALE COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Technology is making its way into classrooms in a South Carolina county.
Hundreds of elementary school students in Allendale County now have iPads, thanks to the Apple Connect Education Grant.
One thing is certain at Fairfax Elementary School, these students won’t be needing a pencil any longer. They have been waiting for the iPads for 2 years and the day is finally here.
It was a celebration bigger than most of the students, but everyone was anticipating the same thing – the moment when Principle Sheila Leath said the magical words.
“Give me an I! Give me a P! Give me an A! Give me a D! Give me a S! What’s that spell?” Leath chanted.
353 iPads were handed out to each student at Fairfax Elementary School, Leath says it levels out the playing field so now students here learn at the same level as students in other South Carolina counties. However, the surprises didn’t end with just iPads.
“Our teachers, in addition to the students getting iPads, they received an iPad, a MacBook and they get an Apple TV for the classroom,” Leath told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “So we are super excited about that.”
Allendale County Schools Administrators are hoping the iPads helps transform the way students learn from a traditional classroom to a 21st century educational environment.
Administrators say teachers have been trained on how to use the gadgets, but say they would be lying if they weren’t expecting student to also teach them a thing or two.
“So here’s a chance for them to facilitate their children’s education. They can stand back and watch the children lead. Just kind of point them in the right direction and they will do just great,” said Allendale County School Director of Technology Alfreda Jamison.
While there’s nothing that can take the place of a great teacher, technology is a tool that if used in the right way can open new worlds for students.
“So this is preparing our students for the world that is today and hopefully giving them a great opportunity to excel,” Jamison told WJBF NewsChannel 6.
Along with each iPad students received a $50 dollar iTunes gift card to download educational apps to enhance their learning.
Allendale Elementary School students are also getting iPads. The school will have its celebration on Thursday.