Crenshaw County schools switched from textbooks to iPads for the 2013 - 2014 school year, and students say the transition is going well.
High school students across the county are using new technology in the classroom. They say they prefer the iPads over books. It lightens the load they have to carry on a daily basis because all of their materials are loaded onto the device. Students also say if they are absent from school, teachers are able to send them their work and communicate with them though apps.
Teachers, like Lee Grosenbach, say it also gives the students opportunities that a textbook can not provide, "I think it makes it become more of an interactive process rather than just my investigation and learning and searching for tools to help the students learn. It puts them in charge of some of that investigation. They are able to access Google to find apps, and the app stores, and the Apple app stores to find good apps that help them enrich their learning."
Eighth grade students will receive iPads starting next school year.