What was once a novel and fun way of engaging students has become ubiquitous.
"This is way different from when I went to school," said
"It's a big chunk of change but completely worth it," said Superintendent
The Common Core academic standards, to be implemented in the 2014-15 school year, are one reason tablet computers have made a grand entrance into local classrooms. The new math and English standards are meant to be more rigorous, with a stronger focus on technology.
Starting in kindergarten, students will be expected to use "a variety of digital tools" with guidance from a teacher to produce and publish writing, under the new standards. Fourth-graders will be expected to use the Internet to produce and publish writing and type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
Testing for the new standards, which could begin as early as this spring, will be done on desktop, laptop or tablet computers.
"We've got to get these devices into their hands before we test them," Robertson said.
"Technology is so embedded into Common Core. It's not an add-on, it's embedded," said
Carr said the county could see one device for every child in two or three years.
As a teacher in the 1990s, Carr had some of the most advanced technology in his classroom in the
"I think I had some 30,000 feet of cable. These were big, beefy computers that were
One of Carr's biggest frustrations, however, was not being able to offer that technology once students went home.
When the touch-screen devices, which come with sturdy shock-absorbent cases, were handed out last week, students weren't the only ones excited. Parents at
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