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Lenoir County expected to finally approve iPads in schools initiative

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KINSTON, N.C. - A multi-million dollar technology initiative in Lenoir County, will eventually put an iPad in the hands of every student.

The Board of Education approved the planned spending back on September 2.

The county commissioners, who have already voiced their support, should approve it on September 15.

The program should begin rolling out this fall.

It's been the goal for Lenoir County Public Schools for several years, to have a 1-to-1 technology program.

In just a few months, Kindergarten through 5th grade, district-wide, will be introduced to the initiative.

Over the next three years, every student in the district will have an iPad air.

"There are just infinite possibilities that are here now that we're going to have these devices," said Melissa Lynch.

Lynch is a digital learning specialist at Moss Hill Elementary. Students there are expected to be part of phase one in November. They will each get an iPad for use, in and out of the classroom, for the rest of the school year.

"I really think the biggest impact we're going to see at our school is the availability to resources and be able to differentiate for every child,” said Lynch.

"We've been in the digital age for years, but our schools have not,” said digital learning instructional coordinator, Stacy Cauley. "We're catching up. We're catching up with our kids. They're ready, we just have to be ready."

Over the next three years of the 1-to-1 technology initiative, known as iLCPS, it's expected to cost about $3 million.

"We've had to do some belt tightening,” said LCPS executive director of operations, Brent Williams. “Some prioritization of funds, look at existing funding, reallocating money and repurposing funding."

Williams says the district generally spends a lot of money on technology and this initiative will replace that.

"This doesn't mean our classrooms will be without anything else," added Williams.

Next year, middle school students will get iPads and the following year, the program moves to the high school.

"Coupled with excellent teaching, that where we're really going to see the progress on our student achievement engagement. I for see our classrooms for every activity for every subjects area, we'll be using our iPads,” said Lynch.

In addition to the iPads, each year, a set of laptop computers on carts will be bought and shared in classrooms throughout the schools.

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