Fifth graders at Emerson Elementary learn about their new iPads.
CAIRO, IL (KFVS) -
Elementary students in Cairo, Ill. are using new technology as Emerson Elementary launches its "One to One" Apple grant.
The school district was one of 114 schools throughout the nation to receive iPads for its students.
Principal Rose Gayle Pickett says the district got the opportunity to apply for an Apple grant in June 2014, and later heard the good news that they received the grant in Oct. 2014.
“It’s just now come to total fruition,” Principal Rose Gayle Pickett said with excitement. “We’ve had to do all kinds of professional development. Apple has come in and made the whole building wireless.”
Pickett says teachers, staff members and each student in the elementary school received the iPads on Monday.
Two first-graders were pretty excited about their new learning device.
“We could play some games and read,” first-grader Tyreona Moore said.
“Because learning keeps you smart,” first-grader Payton Robinson said. “You can do math plus it equals all kinds of stuff.”
Pickett says teachers will have 17 days of professional development over the next year to help them integrate the iPads into their curriculum.
“Apple will be with us the rest of this year and the next two years,” Pickett said. “So digital citizenship and all the things that will be apart of the 21st century.”
Fifth-graders at Cairo Elementary also expressed their excitement.
"I'm really excited," Gabriella Lyas said with a big smile on her face. "I've never had one of these before."
"I'm really really excited that the whole school gets to get one," Destiny Green said. "I know it's really helpful, and like Ms. Pickett said we're going into the 21st century."
"I'm excited because I'm happy that we got the grant from the Apple company," Keri Williams said. "It makes me feel that we are lucky and I'm happy."
Williams says it's been fun learning on how to work the iPad.
Fifth grader Torrence Jordan said they've learned a lot so far on his new device.
"We learned about how to write notes, notepad, and how to respectfully use the iPad," he said. "We could have educational games we could look on."
Pickett is says it’s an amazing opportunity and it felt great to be chosen.
“Our school district doesn’t always get a lot of money, and the money we have is stretched in very very thin, just like any other school district, especially in the state of Illinois,” Pickett said. “And for us to get this kind of money just handed to us is just something I thought I would never see in my time here in the school district, which is 35 years here with the district. From chalkboards to iPads, so it’s amazing.”
Two hundred eighty-three elementary students received the iPads on Monday.
On Tuesday, there will be another launch, this time at the Cairo Junior/senior high school from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Pickett says a little more than 200 junior high and high school students at will receive iPads.