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Students and teachers in the Madison-Virgil school district will have a new learning tool for the upcoming school year.
The district, located in Greenwood County, is providing an iPad to each pupil and educator as part of a $94,000 purchase. A news release from the district said the move is budget neutral, as funding to buy the iPads is evened out by money that would have been spent on similar curriculum materials.
Superintendent Ryan Bradbury said in the release that the iPads will help students compete in the 21st century job market, as technology has continued to change in the past decade. It also cited the conflict in the continued increase daily computer use in the classroom versus a limited number of laptops available.
He said the district wants to put students in a "technology-rich instructional environment" to help Madison-Virgil students prepare for a tech-driven society. He added that iPads do not diminish a teacher's role, rather instead making them facilitators of learning.
Teachers in the district will receive their iPads on Monday.