LITTLE ROCK, ARK (KTHV)- It's part of the Little Rock School District's middle school initiative. The premise is to fully integrate technology into the classroom. New technology will even will allow students to go virtual field trips.
Remember when apples and blackberries were just fruit. These kids don't. Students at Henderson Middle school are accustomed to technology and now thanks to title one funds, they'll be able to use iPads in the classroom. Henderson Middle School Math Teacher Robert Hill says technology engages the students.
"These kids grew up on technology. They have never known a time where they didn't have computers or anything like that. With the technology we have with the iPads in the classroom there's an infinite amount of information that's available to them, just right at their fingertips."
The Little Rock School District rolled iPads out by the hundreds as teachers and students helped bring the emerging technology into the classrooms.
8th grader Kelvin Williams says he's excited about the delivery.
"It makes me feel like my school is special."
7th grader Bailey Ellison says she can't wait to get her hands on one of the new iPads.
"I was excited because I don't have an iPad at home and really never gotten to work on one before."
The delivery generated a buzz throughout the school. Students say the touch-screen tablets will bring a new element to their school day and student Aaron Sullivan says they could make a difference when it comes to his report card.
"I think my grades will change because it will be a lot easier to use. If the print is too small I can make it larger."
Hill says whether it's graphing or charting, there's an app for that.
"A lot of them are graphic based, a lot of them are like games, and they love playing games. All of them spend time at home on the video games. Either on tv or some of the systems that are out there. With the iPad they can play these games that are similar to what they're doing at home, but actually be learning content at the same time."
Faculty and staff say the iPads will only be available to students during school hours and each one has a GPS tracking device in case any disappear.