Drop the pen and paper: High schools in Horry County going digital

Instead of notebooks, more students are walking around Green Sea Floyds High School with tablet style computers.

That's because the school gave out 325 tablets to students on Wednesday.

"The material is going to be a lot more interactive and engaging," said Grady Edwards, an english teacher at the school.

The tablets are a way students can tap into their creative side, Edwards said.

"Make movies, podcast, blogs, websites, whatever they chose to do. It's really powerful stuff," Edwards said.

The tablets also help prepare students for college and strict deadlines.

"Their lab was due by the time class ended and they could not submit it not a second after that time stamp, so they got that experience today," said Mary Hambright, a science teacher at the high school.

Hambright said the tablets also allow teachers to give immediate feedback and give grades faster.

Paige McDaniels, a senior at the high school said she likes the opportunities the tablet provides.

"I'd rather type it because then it's more organized and plus you don't have to retype something after you've already written it and it's easier to read, too," McDaniels said.

For a $50 insurance fee, the students can also take the tablets home.

The principal of Green Sea Floyds High School said the tablets will soon have various programs tailored to a student's learning level.