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The school is using Thinkpads, which are tablets that have detachable wireless keyboards for those who prefer using those to the touch screen. Students can take them home, and if they have wireless Internet at home, doing homework and keeping in touch with each other and their teachers is a snap.
"We used to have to go to the computer lab," said
Now, said senior
"I'm trying to prepare kids for English 101 and 102 in college," Hicklin said. "Having (computers) in the room is amazing. We don't have to share the computer lab with the whole school. They can do it and send it to me, and I can do my changes online, and I don't have stacks of paper on my desk."
Black teaches freshman physics and he's already planning online experiments and projects that weren't possible before, when he had to try to get all his students on computers in the lab. Now they can do those things at their desks.
High school Principal
"We have wireless through the whole building now and a bunch of wireless in every room," he said. "Because we're so late in the school year, we're not going to do a bunch of e-books this year, but next year the goal is to have all of their classes, your e-book is already on the tablet when you get it the first day of school."
Students are required to adhere to rules of use and if they don't, he said, the consequences escalate with each offense until they are no longer allowed to take the tablets home.
For this year, Richter said, students and teachers are learning to use the tablets, and when a staff member or student discovers something new, they are encouraged to share it with everyone.
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