School replaces books with iPads.
It's a sign of the times.
Middle school students at Meyer Jewish Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida start class Wednesday with brand new Apple iPads in hand.
Ben Reitman says he has been waiting for this day for two years.
The eighth grader is heading back to class using a piece of technology that seems to be second nature for him and his classmates.
"This is Safari, it gives you your internet, this is your mail, it gives you your email so you can email your friends," Reitman explained.
For the first time ever, the private school is requiring its middle schoolers to use the iPad in and out of the classroom.
The students either lease it or buy it.
"We're allowing the students to be able to utilize the things that make sense to them," said Nammie Ichilov, the school's headmaster.
Teachers will incorporate the computers into their lesson plans.
And as far as teaching the students how to use the iPads, that doesn't seem like it's going to be an issue.
"In today's world, technology is something that they live with, it's not a tool, and we are simply providing them with that product to go and move forward with," said Ichilov.