Waynesboro: Every Middle School Student to have tablet by 2016

WAYNESBORO -- By 2016, city school leaders hope to have every student at Kate Collins Middle School equipped with a personal tablet computer.

The plan will be implemented starting in three weeks when students return to class.

By using tablets, school leaders say they won't have to rely on textbooks and they will be able to keep up with the times.

Sue Wright, the Director of Instruction for Waynesboro schools, says science and civics classrooms will be the first ones equipped with tablets starting this year.

Over the next two years, more tablets will be given out to each student in grades 6-8.

The tablets are designed by Kuno and have a special curriculum program to help students follow along with what they are learning.

Every student with a tablet will now be able to keep their assignments stored, check their grades, and save their work.

Also, each tablet will be able to be updated to keep up with current developments in each subject.

Wright says the change to tablets was pushed for by teachers, who will now have a much different role.

"Now there's so much information out there. The importance of the teacher is still there because he/she needs to make sure students can navigate through the information," she explained. "What is a good resource? All these skills are a little bit different than they were 5-10 years ago. We really need to meet students in their own world."

Wright added that each tablet will have a firewall to prevent students from playing games or visiting other websites while they are in school.

Rules and regulations are also still being worked on by school leaders, such as what to do if a student loses or breaks their tablet.

Wright says early plans are in the works to implement a similar program at Waynesboro High School.

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