iPads Coming to Sweet Home Schools

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM EDT

Amherst, NY (WKBW) - About half of sixth graders at Sweet Home Middle School will get a school issued iPad on Tuesday evening.

"There's skills that are required, in order to thrive upon departure, that technology has radically changed," says Anthony Day, the Superintendent of the Sweet Home Central School District.

About 140 sixth graders will get the new iPads during a "learning phase." About 80 students in the ninth grade will as well in a few days.

During the learning phase, the district will take a look at what does and does not work in implementing iPads in the school system.

The goal is to give an iPad to every middle and high schooler in the district by the start of next school year.

Teachers have been training since last spring.

The goal is to create instant access to research, classroom message boards and educational blogs.

"They are the digital generation, and we're really tapping into their interest in technology and electronics," explains Joleen Reinholz, the Principal of Sweet Home High School.

Schools from all across the country are putting iPads in the classroom, and at times it has been a bump ride.

In early October, the Los Angeles Unified School District, started confiscating iPads after finding out students got onto unauthorized website, including Facebook and Twitter.

Sweet Home already has what it calls a strong filtering system.

"We get a report on a daily basis regarding attempts by students and staff to circumvent. When we find them, we close them down," explains Day.