The Beaufort County School District purchased more than 7,500 iPads this year, and began training teachers before the school year started. Details on the specifics of the program.
IPads were introduced as teaching tools in some Beaufort County School District classrooms during the first week of the 2012-13 school year, and the devices eventually were delivered to 11 schools.
The district purchased more than 7,500 iPads -- enough for core subjects at all middle-school and ninth-grade classrooms. At middle and high schools with a high percentage of students on free or reduced-price lunch -- a commonly used indicator of low income -- they are used in English, science, social studies and math classes.
Those schools are Whale Branch, Robert Smalls, Lady's Island, Beaufort and Bluffton middle schools.
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Students at Whale Branch Early College High School participate in a "one-to-one" iPad program, just as they had done with laptops in years past. Each students receives an iPad that can be used in every class and at home.
At Battery Creek High, iPads are used in English, science, social studies and math classrooms.
At H.E. McCracken and Hilton Head Island middle schools, iPads are used in fewer classrooms -- mostly math and science.
In ninth-grade classes at Beaufort High, H.E. McCracken and Hilton Head Island High, iPads are used in English, math, science and social studies classrooms.
The school district set aside about $75,000 for teacher training.
Some teachers began training sessions in August, just before the start of classes. Training sessions focused on simple things -- how to find settings, how to connect to the Internet, how to download an app and other basic functions.
More training -- some of it content-specific -- followed, including sessions during planned professional-development days. The devices were rolled out, school by school, between August and October.
District technology coaches meet with teachers weekly to troubleshoot, brainstorm ways to use iPads in lessons or to explain new apps.
According to a recent survey of district staff, 675 of 844 respondents said they have iPads in their classroom.
Of those 675, only 17 answered that they do not use the devices regularly.
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