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Beaufort Co. Students Will Take Technology Home

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IPads and tablets in Beaufort County schools may soon be traveling home with students. But how will this work, and are they even helping students?

"I love it I use it everyday," said Davina Walker.

Walker, a math teacher at Beaufort Middle School, is one of many teachers seeing the benefits of students using electronic tablets in class.

"We're seeing our students more engaged. You can give them any amount of problems, there's so many apps, that gets them interactive, it gets them involved in the learning, they're talking to one another, that's what we're finding."

Student, Caroline Lampright says she's much happier with the IPad.

"Instead of having an actual book we have it on the IPad, so we can just do all of the problems on the IPad and then just write them down in our notebook instead of having our actual book that we have to carry around."

Ross Hendricks, head of technology for the Beaufort County School District, says students will soon take the next step.

"So by allowing the students to take the IPads home, we're really expanding that 21st century learning environment outside the school walls."

But the IPads and tablets will still be filtered by the district, for security, and no apps can be downloaded independently.

The technology will cost parents a $20 usage fee.

"It helps the district sustain the program by off-setting the costs of accidental damages and wear and tear of the products," said Hendricks.

Lampright says that's a minimal cost for something that's so beneficial.

Officials say there isn't any concrete evidence that suggests the IPads are improving test scores, but teachers tell news three that they see improvements everyday because of the technology.

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