Seventh and eight grade students at Eatontown's Memorial Middle School have started using tablets as part of their everyday learning.
"It's something we've been planning for and discussing," Technology Coordinator Michael Brown said.
Each student in those grades was given an HP Elite Pad in September, which is used by the students in almost every subject they study.
"The district thinks this new technology initiative will infuse technology into the curriculum, help prepare students for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and teach students how to manage and use technology effectively and appropriately," Eatontown School District Superintendent Scott McCue said.
PARCC is an online test that will replace the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) test during the 2014-15 school year.
Memorial School Principal Jay Medlin said he sees the tablet as a great and diverse way to inspire children to learn.
"When students open up their tablets, their motivation level increases dramatically," Medlin said. "It increases the level of interest in our students."
Brown said the tablets cost the district $181,500 and that they were a cheaper alternative to laptops but will still allow children to do more such as taking pictures and videos.
McCue said the district hopes to purchase more tablets and computers in the future for students in grades 3-6.