RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A project started three years ago is now paying off for students. In order to promote 21st century learning, every student at Ravenna High School and middle school now has their own laptop computer.
Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students each received an iPad. Younger students will share iPads in their classrooms.
The devices are part of a nearly $500,000 technology project started in 2010. The computers may help the district eliminate the use of text books by then end of this school year.
"It has been a long road in the planning to make sure that we could afford this," says Superintendent John VanLoon. "We have to set aside about $95,000 each year to pay for this, for each of our students. But we feel that it is very important for us."
The school district also used a state technology grant to make the computers more affordable.