Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The 1-to-1 technology initiative is being implemented into schools to get digital technology in the classroom.
"They know technology, that's their expectation," Joseph Keels Elemetary teacher Linda Sherwood said.
In Sherwood's 5th grade class all her students have Chromebooks.
"I can see that the students are more active participants where I'm just more of a facilitator, the guide on the side, if you could say that," Sherwood said.
Sherwood said they still have textbooks and use other methods of learning, but she's seen great results from her students using the Chromebooks.
"They have more attention to detail. Where as when it's just pen and paper they might not necessarily check their handwriting, they'll just turn it in," Sherwood said. "But with the Chromebooks, they want to change their fonts, they want to add pictures."
News19 surveyed all the school districts in our viewing area.
Out of the 12 that were able to provide us information, 8 districts have some type of 1-to-1 technology program.
But, just down the hall, class is held the old fashioned way with 1st grade teacher Leslie Bloss.
"It's very developmentally appropriate for 1st graders, especially, to have materials in their hands they can manipulate," Bloss said.
Although her first graders take the more hands-on route, they're more than capable of using technology.
When I asked the students who knew how to use an iPad, everyone raised their hand.
"I'm aware of the fact that my students are 21st century learners and that I've got to prepare them for the technology piece too," Bloss said. "That's why we try to incorporate it as well as having those hands-on pieces."
Next year, they'll be learning to use iPads in class.
But even with all the innovative classroom techniques coming to schools around the country, Bloss said her teaching style will stay the same.
"I know that 1-to-1 is kind of trickling down, but I don't foresee me breaking away from the things I know work for my students," Bloss said.
Richland 2 just finished their three phase project in August, which outfitted grades 3-12 with laptops or tablets.