SMITHFIELD -With the new school year comes new technology for students and teachers at Isle of Wight County's two high schools.

Freshmen at Windsor and Smithfield high schools received iPaids on Tuesday.

The iPad initiative calls for leasing 2,000 of the tablet computers at a cost of $233 a year for three years. That includes insurance and training.

Online books will be programmed into the iPads and students can use them to take interactive quizzes and use various programs.

'We're very excited to embark upon this journey to enhance student success in the classroom,' said Rashard Wright, Director of Secondary Education and Project Manager for isle 21. 'This new teaching and learning tool is just an example of our continued focus on student engagement and instructional technology. '

Students say they love having this new technology, but some admit they use it to play games during class.

Distribution of the tablets and protective cases started earlier this month and will wrap up this week.

Insurance, for about $50, is optional.

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