Posted: Oct 25, 2012 6:04 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 6:04 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- It's a different atmosphere in a few Ascension Parish School classrooms, where students and teachers are using iPads in their studies.
The iPads are part of the '1 to 1' program that provided more than 3,800 iPads and MacBooks to students and teachers at a cost of nearly $1.3 million.
Teachers say it's significantly changed their work load and makes teaching quicker and easier.
"With the iPad and the system that we use, we're able to have that instant feedback, so it doesn't take a day to get the information back to the students, they know and it's gratifying for them that we've been working on this and they're getting perfect scores," said Sandi Gautreau, a math teacher at Prairieville Middle.
Students say they look forward to class more, especially when iPads are involved.
"You want to use it more often than a pencil and paper because your hand starts to hurt, and you get to play on these apps that are really fun instead of educational and it's like you're playing on an iPad instead of school," said Olivia Loupe, a 6th Grader at the school.
The system hopes to ramp up the iPads and Macbook use over the next few years, eventually supplying the devices to all students in the parish between 6th and 12th grades.