WAUSAU - The Wausau School District wants every student in the district to have either an iPad or Chromebook.
They hope to reach that goal by 2018.
Buying the computers and training could cost the district more than $2 million.
The district started giving out iPads to some students two years ago.
But the district might have to go to a referendum to get them to everyone.
"Right now we're looking at a variety of things but in reality some is going to come through the regular budget and we're probably going to need to look at an operational referendum in order to be able to truly get to a one to one districtwide," says Director of Secondary Education Thom Hahn.
This is the first year some students in the district are getting Chromebooks.
The district thinks that getting this technology for everyone will help students.
"I think that there's going to be a need for a lot of education on the part of the district we're going to need to be able to prove to the taxpayers that this is something that is necessary and will benefit the students," says Hahn.
The district hopes to give iPads to elementary school students.
They would give Chromebooks to middle and high school students.
"The touch screen display for elementary school students just seems to be something that they take to and it works extremely well with them. The middle school and the high school we start to see a lot more writing taking place and there's a stronger emphasis on the need for a Chromebook," says Hahn.
The district thinks the technology will help students get more involved in class.
They also hope to get a lot of their material online.
"At the elementary it could be a combination of applications. At the secondary what we want to do is see our teachers and students really have access to materials online all the time. And I think that's one of the key pieces to this, like one of our education department goals is to provide anywhere, anytime access," says Director of Technology and Media Services Bryon Kolbeck.