UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
The Midway ISD Education Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its $1 millionth donated toward grants in the district.
We went out to Midway High School and Castleman Creek Elementary to see those funds in action.
Art, geography, spelling, all subjects Midway ISD is taking to new levels with the help of iPads, thanks to grants from the Midway ISD Education Foundation.
"Perfect tool to have in the classroom," 2nd grade Castleman Creek Elementary teacher Kayla Citrano said.
And for Midway high schoolers, art class with the iPads has allowed them to try new things, and expand their artistic proficiency.
"You can work on multiple things at once and you don't have to worry about doing mistakes cause you can experiment with multiple things," Junior Ross Coskrey said.
Teachers are getting the students away from the mouse and key board to connect to evolving digital technology with hands-on learning.
"I can come in and draw with my hand what I used to have to use a mouse," Junior Harrison Miner said.
From high school to elementary, the iPad enables teachers to individulize learning.
"Really just hits the span of children, which is a difficult task to do as a teacher, but having two iPads makes it so much more easier," Citrano said.
As for the students?
We asked, and they love them.
"They are so excited, they've got big smiles on their faces. One student today told me this morning, 'when you brought those out, that was the best day ever'."