Arab City Schools Starting the Year Off With A New Way Of Learning
ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) – Students in Arab are heading back to school armed with a new way of learning.
Monday marks the end of summer and the first day of school for Marshall County students, and this week will also mark a new venture for the Arab City School System.
Each student in grades 6 through 12 will get a new iPad for the school year. Almost 1,700 iPads will make their way into those students’ hands this Thursday. Students will use them from everything like classroom discussion to homework.
Superintendent John Mullins says the decision to transition to iPads took a lot of discussion. ”It’s a big venture for us, and we think it’s the right step, we think it’s the way of the future. We think that getting our students to turn work in a digital manner is the way of the future.”
Mullins says the board made the decision to buy the iPads back in February. That’s a decision that will take $1.2 million out of the Board’s budget over the next three years, but it’s an investment Mullins says the Board is willing to make.
“We think it’s going to help us academically and make a difference in our children’s lives for the future,” Mullins said.
School administrators say knowing how to learn using technology like the iPads will also give students a step up for college.