The new school year brings new technology to the Pekin Public School system.
In a cooperative venture with Illinois State University, District 108 is giving some grade school students access to IPADS.
Students at L.E. Starke are involved in a pilot program, in which the devices are used to augment class instruction.
Instructors say uses vary from subject to subject...and the IPADS are a good way to prepare students for the future.
"We just hope that they can get some of the skills that they'll need in the future, because they're going to be around this a lot. And if they're introduced to it now at an earlier age, they'll be able to use it and more advanced levels later in life," said Jessica Stauffer, Student Teacher.
The Superintendent for District 108 tells News 25/HOI 19 the goal is to eventually have the IPADS in all Pekin public schools.