News 12 This Morning/Tuesday Nov. 5, 2013
AIKEN CO. S.C. (WRDW)--"It's incredible. It's more than we've ever had before," said Rebecca Dixon, 5th grade teacher at J.D. Lever Elementary.
Ten new iPads for students and teachers at J.D. Lever , presented by the South Carolina State Treasurer as part of a financial literacy tour.
After nine years at J.D. Lever, Dixon says this new technology will make all the difference.
"They love any type of technology," she said. "It expands what we're able to do so much. We're able to reach students that we wouldn't reach otherwise."
Dixon tells me the school has been working hard to raise money for new technology.
Only a few classes, including Sarah Walton's 2nd grade class, have an iPad--thanks to written grant money.
"I do see a huge difference," said Walton. "For 12 years now, I've just been up their teaching. And we've done small groups, but we've never had anything like this to use. And now, they're so excited."
After this donation there are now about 12 iPads in the school and as they continue to raise money, they're hoping to get more than a dozen more for classroom use.
"It's constantly a struggle to keep things updated," said Dixon. "So, to have iPads that the kids can manipulate and use is a real blessing.
Treasurer Curtis Loftis' literacy tour focuses on helping students prepare for the real world, something both Walton and Dixon agree is important for students, even at such a young age.
"The earlier the better," said Walton. "Once they start grasping the concepts of wants and needs and how much things cost they're going to start realizing the value of stuff."
"In my classroom we have a little economy system where the students do jobs and they get paid every week," Dixon explained. "When I told them they'd have to pay rent on their chairs and desks, I think it broke their hearts [but] it's a real life experience."
Schofield Middle School was also presented with iPads as part of the tour and all iPads were provided by use of private donations.
And the apps meant for use on these iPads can be used by others as well.
Click the link below to access financial literacy games provided by the state of South Carolina.
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