In a pilot program at the Canterbury School of Florida, students in grades 3, 4 and 6 are using digital textbooks and educational apps on brand-new iPads.
The One-to-One Computing program gives every student and teacher in select grades iPads to take home and use as study tools throughout the school year.
Kids read their digital textbooks, take notes in class and sign on to their iPads to do their homework.
The St. Petersburg school's Vision for the Decade Strategic Plan emphasizes 21st century skills.
A school-based committee researched how Canterbury can best incorporate mobile technologies in the curriculum.
The committee determined that a digital approach was best, using the touch technology of iPads, digitized textbooks and learning apps. The aim is to enhance the existing curriculum and provide significant opportunities for collaborative learning.
Using technology on a daily basis in the classroom provides skills invaluable to a child's future.
The school hopes to add iPads to all grades in future school years.