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BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Some of the best students in Brunswick County are now working with some of the best technology in the world. Their school spent close to $60,000 in a long-term cost-cutting measure.

Students at Brunswick County Early College High School have long been No. 1 with a No. 2 pencil. Now teachers are asking them to put down the pen and paper and pick up a brand new iPad.

“What we are going to do is provide iPads for 137 of our students who are taking college classes,” principal Vicky Snyder said.

Though the $60,000 price tag may seem steep to some, Snyder says that in a few years the iPads will have paid for themselves through cost savings.

“There is a significant savings by doing it on the e-books,” Snyder said. “A chemistry college textbook available at the bookstore would be $230. We can download that same book on the e-book for $99.”

Morgan Cruze is a junior at Early College. She says the new tool will help her and her classmates grow as individuals.

“It makes me feel more businesslike,” Cruze said. “I think it is making me feel in a way more mature, and I’m becoming more like a businesswoman.”

It’s a change educators say will help these students going forward in life.

“Can you imagine the change that it is going to be when they get out of high school? You know four years out that’s what their going to be doing,” Snyder said. “The textbooks and e-books and all of these e-readers and everything are going to change the world”

textbooks are not the only things that are digital at the Brunswick County Early College High School. Their library is now available via e-book as well.

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13 Comments on "School bucks books for iPads to save money"

Erin Phelps
2015 years 10 months ago

Since when is saving money and using technology to gain information ridiculous? The school would supply the Ipads anyways. Technology is not making kids dumb. Technology enables kids to learn more, the kids have to be ambitious enough to figure it out though.

2015 years 10 months ago

Our taxpayer money pays for the IPADS-not an individual!!

Sadi Duncan
2015 years 10 months ago

I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I was afraid of this trend being a requirement when I had my son last year. I won’t be able to afford an ipad for my son when he starts school in 4 years and his father and I both work full time jobs. Paper and pencil is the best way to go I really hate technology these days, it’s making kids lazy and dumb and I’m 21. I want my baby to be smart not spoiled. Really irritated at today’s society.

2015 years 10 months ago

you were a Mother @ 17? Do you think the decision, or lack thereof, to have a child so early in life was a wise one?

Would it not have been better for you to wait a few years? Even if you did not go to college or trade school, a few years delay would have allowed you to set aside some funds for those expenses associated with raising a child.

You indicate you are irritated with society. If you, or your child, are getting any type of entitlement such as Medicaid for the youngster, perhaps the taxpayers in sociey are irritated with you.

But then as someone else noted, the parents are not being called upon to prpvide the I-Pad.

2015 years 10 months ago

Although some tax dollars are used in public school such as this, books at many non-traditional and restructured schools, like Early College High schools are funded through grants. This initiative is an investment in the future that will save tax dollars. In addition, I’ve seen more students reading and researching this week than ever before – and this is only day 7 of the school year.

2015 years 10 months ago

There is absolutely no excuse for any college book to cost $230., pure greed on somebody’s part, as far as the ipad is concerned we are turning our students into dumbie’s when their electronic gadgets quit.Kid’s can’t even make change anymore if something doesn’t figure it for them.

2015 years 10 months ago

It is fun to let (some cashiers, not all) the cashier finalize the sale, pay cash and then give them a little more so you end up with a nickle, dime or quarter instead of a load of pennies. The look of confusion is pure gold.

2015 years 10 months ago

So you never use a calculator? Or a phone…or car or anything electronic. If electronic gadgets all quit then I think we will all pretty much be screwed whether you can count in your head or using a calculator. Get with it…times are changing and your abacus is out of date. To not prepare students to use electronics in the digital age is sending them out into the world with no hope of a good job. Students should learn far more about computers and less about other subjects that have little to no value in the real world

2015 years 10 months ago

Ipads are a waste of money and are very limited as to what you can download by apple. Many school systems are being suckered into this “fad” without knowing their capabilities and downfalls like they still wont support flash, which many school software vendors and websites use. They are a nightmare to work on or even change a battery out on. There are cheaper options for far less money, and far less headaches. Netbooks are cheaper, easier to work on, have a keyboard and usb ports, and you can change they battery easy when it goes out in a few years. But who cares, IPADS ARE COOL!!! YAAAAA! WOOO!

2015 years 10 months ago

On the one hand, you criticize colleges for charging $230, then on the other hand, you criticize new technology – – hard to tell which side of the fence you’re on!? Tablets, e-Books & iPads will not only reduce the cost of books to students & parents, but it will limit the number of trees killed & the amount of paper books that will ultimately go into landfills. New technology is very smart, I don’t think you need to worry much about it making dummies out of students, but rather just the opposite.

2015 years 10 months ago

Looks like she had her son at 20. If you do the math and all…..
Quit judging.

2015 years 10 months ago

Maybe you should take a refresher course, if she’s 21 now and had her kid last year that made her 20 when she had it. She may have gotten pregnant at 19, still not 17.

2015 years 10 months ago

Surf city you might want to read the young
lady comment again.The young woman
said she is 21 and that she had her son
last year.She and her husband have full
time jobs.


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