iRock initiative will put iPads in students' hands

iRock initiative will put iPads in students' hands

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 7:17 AM

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- There are smiles inside the building which houses the Rock Hill School District office on North Anderson Road just hours after the school board unanimously voted to approve the iRock initiative which will give iPad 2s to every student in the district in grades four through eight.

Michael Waiksnis is the principal of Sullivan Middle School where the iPad 2s are being using in a pilot program.

"It’s a new way of teaching; it allows teachers to really get a handle on what's going on in a quick manner and also it’s much more engaging for the students," Waiksnis said, "It’s really getting the students interested in their education."

Ryland Dawson is part of that pilot program and has been using the popular tablets. He was also one of several students who spoke to board members Monday night about what the tablets would mean to students.

"I think it’s been a neat experience; it definitely helps with the learning,” Dawson said outside school, "It’s not hard to learn to use at all.”

The district has worked on the iRock imitative for more than a year, touting what the new technology would do to help student performance in the classroom and on state and national tests.

"Just seeing the progress that our group of students that are in the pilot program have made this year, I'm very excited to see it expanded to all our students," Waiksnis expressed.

The iPad 2s will be given to students beginning in the fall 2013-14 school year.
 

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