Students will see a significant increase in technology at Fort Mill schools this year.
There will be an additional 175 mobile devices added to each elementary school and 75 added to every middle school thanks to an annual bond that allows for purchases related to technology, maintenance and transportation, school officials said.
The school board authorized the $750,000 purchase, and each school administrator determined the mix of devices they wanted in their school.
The electronics consist of Apple iPads or Chromebooks, notebooks that run Google’s Chrome OS Web-based operating system. Both devices are widely used in educational settings.
“The kids coming through school now are all digital natives,” said Kelly McKinney, the district’s media and communications officer.
“It’s all about using devices to do your job. We are trying to prepare kids for the 21st century, whether they go into college, into the military or directly into the workforce.”
In all, each elementary school has 425 mobile devices, middle schools have 325 and each of the high schools have 500, McKinney said.
Students are able to bring their own device to school at the discretion of their classroom teacher, according to district policy.