3rd grade students using iPads in class

By: Karen Edwards Email
By: Karen Edwards Email

News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW) -- Many schools work to keep up with new technology in the classroom. Now, Aiken County is pushing a new tech program that's putting an iPad in every third grade student's hand.

"I'm feeling very excited about the tech program," said Desiree Pernell. "I feel like it's going to bring a lot of opportunity to our schools, to our students."

Right now, third grade students at North Aiken Elementary are getting the opportunity to work with iPads in class.

It's part of Aiken County's pilot one-to-one computing program and Pernell, a third grade teacher there, says the students are working well with the new technology.

"The students are responding in a way that teachers have not imagined," she said. "Last week was the first week of school and our minds were blown."

Each student has an iPad, which is loaded with different types of learning apps.

"They're using the apps for writing, for math enrichment, for reading books, for looking at maps in social studies, for doing research and science," she explained. "So we're using them across the curriculum."

Many wonder if joining children with technology will take away from other fundamentals they should learn, like putting pencil to paper.

"The students are going to be still writing using paper and pencil," she said. "We still believe in the fundamentals of using paper, pencils, markers, crayons because children still need to learn the basics."

But Pernell says with technology growing, what her students are learning will help them in the future.

"I think these iPads are great introductions to most of our students to show how important technology is going to be within the next few years," she said. "We're going to teach them as much as we can so the information they use inside of here in learning about the iPads, they'll be able to take it into the world with them."

Aiken County is also piloting this one-to-one program with certain grades at Paul Knox Middle School and Wagener-Salley High School.

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