WAYNE COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Backpacks may soon be lighter for many Wayne County high school students.
The Board of Education is buying tablets for every 9th and 10th grade student in the county.
The tablets will be primarily used for Math I and Math II courses, with the curriculum and all worksheets downloaded onto the device. Students will then be able to complete work or review text from anywhere, without the need for Internet access.
Superintendent Lynn Hurt says having the tablets will cut down on the need to print about two million pages of curriculum and worksheets, but more importantly, provide education using a medium students are comfortable with.
“It’s exciting to move into new tech-based curriculum,” said Courtney Parsons, who teaches Math II at Spring Valley High School. “It’s taking us to newer types of learning, which is going to be great for the kids.”
The tablets come with a detachable keyboard and include a tracking unit and pre-loaded Internet filter to meet State Policy for student computing.
Orientations for students and parents are scheduled at each high school in late July.
Students and parents will be required to sign several forms before they can take the tablets home.
The tablets will be returned at the end of each school year to be serviced and then returned to the students at the beginning of the next year. Each summer, new tablets will be purchased for incoming freshmen.
The orientation schedule includes July 28, Wayne; July 29, Spring Valley; and July 31, Tolsia. Incoming freshmen will report at 5 p.m., and sophomores report at 7 p.m.