Apple has secured two major US education deals in Arizona and North Carolina.

The largest of the deals is in North Carolina's Chatham County school district. The district has spent $1 million from its reserves acquiring 1,000 iBooks which will be implemented in its high schools. Teachers will all receive an iBook, while students will be given access to Apple Mobile Classrooms.

Dawn of the 'digital native'

"Our students really use so much more technology than we really realize, and it's part of their everyday lives," Beth McCullough of Chatham County Schools told NBC. She added: "A term that Apple uses is 'natives,' where (older generations are) 'immigrants' to technology."

The district plans to extend the scheme in the coming years.

iLearn - eBooks for education

In Arizona, 340 students at Empire High School have each been issued with iBooks containing electronic versions of all the textbooks the school formerly used.

This makes the school the first US public school to shun printed books, notes Associated Press.

The school describes itself as forward-thinking and ready to take risks with technology in education.

Calvin Baker, superintendent of the district observed that schools usually make limited use of computers, but said: "We decided that the real opportunity was to make the laptops the key ingredient of the cake. To truly change the way that schools operate."

Engaging with learning

Students will be able to get the teaching materials using the school's wireless network. They will also be able to file homework electronically. Teachers get access to a variety of online learning materials.

The school explained that in studies it had discovered that students were more engaged with learning when they used such methods. "Unlike many adults, teens weaned on digital material seem to have little difficulty adapting to reading primarily on computer screens", Baker said.