Horry County delaying use of tablets in elementary schools

Students at Marrington Elementary School are shown in this 2013 file photo exploring and learning about letters and letter sounds with their brand new Samsung Galaxy Tablets. The Horry County School Board on Monday decided to delay a plan to provide every student in the county with a tablet until the board learns more about how the tablets are helping students learn.

CONWAY, S.C. — Elementary school students in Horry County will have to wait before they are provided tablet digital devices.

Two years ago, the school district approved a plan to provide a tablet to every student in the county by the end of next year.

But The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports that the board on Monday delayed giving younger students the tablets because the board wants more information on how they would affect student achievement.

During the meeting, the board heard a presentation on how the devices have helped attendance, reading scores and test scores among middle and high school students in the district.

Chief Academic Officer Cindy Ambrose says the devices help students to learn at their own pace.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/