By Dana Fisher
Students at Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy in Cayce are learning in a new way: using Ipod touch computers.
All 340 students have an Ipod touch because of a federal grant. Principal C. R. Hall says the new technology is making textbooks a thing of the past.
"With our math classes, the textbooks stay at home because they can access the homework on their I-touches," says Hall.
Their students actually read, learn, and take tests all on the Ipod touch.
Parents were skeptical about this new learning at first says Hall.
"That afternoon when we got to the car all I heard was 'Mom guess what we got to do today!' and then all my complaints disappeared," she explains.
The Ipods have done more than changed teaching methods says seventh grade history teacher Forest Kinnet.
"Kids that we would have to bed and plead to do homework are now emailing us saying they need their assignments," says Kinnet.
The teachers say grades have improved since the school introduced the Ipods last fall and the students say they enjoy having a lighter load to carry in their backpacks.