Leaping into the 21st century with technology-based curriculum is what McAllen ISD hopes to accomplish by purchasing an Apple iPad for all of its 25,000 students, district officials announced.

The $3.4 million digital investment is the first of its kind for the Rio Grand Valley and the largest in the nation according to the San Antonio Express-News who reported the story.

School board officials approved the curriculum overhaul and noted that the first phase will place 5,000 iPad 2’s and 425 iPod Touch devices in student hands. The initiative will be implemented district-wide within a year’s time. The total cost of the project will run over $20 million dollars according to district officials.

Aside from putting technology in students’ hands, the iPads and iTouch devices will provide students with mobile  devices to enhance learning, provide research opportunities even when their not at school and have access to e-books and digital curriculum.

Abiline Christiian University, who has been making news, too, for their mobile-learning initiative, will partner up with the district to help with the integration process.

Read more about this exciting initiative on mysanantonio.com

Read more about McAllen’s technology initiative from their district page.

Photo Courtesy: McAllen ISD