It's the beginning of a new school year and the beginning of a new way of learning for one Tri-States district.
The Schuyler-Industry School District launched its "1-to-1" all-digital curriculum Friday morning, with each student getting a new laptop.
Forget your traditional textbook. Instead, every Rushville student in grades 5-12 now has a new 13-inch Apple Macbook Air laptop in their hands.
"All the students are really excited to use the new technology,' said senior Kyle Lewis.
Where you'd normally see textbooks in a locker, now there's laptops. And Lewis says the switch seems like a natural transition.
"It's easier for (students) to learn with technology," Lewis said. "They've grown up multi-tasking, not looking at a book."
The laptops are lightweight and thin, allowing students to easily take them from class to class.
"We'll provide every student with a sleeve to put the device in," Rushville-Industry High School Principal Ryan Plattenberger said. "They're allowed to carry backpacks that are padded to ensure they're device during the day."
The laptop and software took a nearly $400,000 chunk out of the district's budget. But Plattenberger says it's an investment into his students' futures.
"The individual curriculum, there's a lot of interactive videos and programs that allow the students to get help. It's instant submission and instant feedback," Plattenberger said.
Even though the classroom setting may look different, Plattenberger says the basic concepts of teaching still remains.
"Teachers are still going to teach," Plattenberger said. "They will use this device to implement and supplement their materials."
Officials hope the laptops will get students excited about learning and so far, it seems to be working.
"First day of school, I'd be like, 'Oh man, school is starting.'" Lewis said. "But now I'm excited. School is starting. Let's get ready to learn."
The students are allowed to take the laptops home. They will also have the option to purchase the laptop when they graduate for a reduced cost.
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