Educational Technology

December 26, 2011

Tablets can help the tech-challenged get connected

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By Paul Hillman, Business Review

I came home recently to find my lovely, tech-challenged wife had a new slate computer. My wife is smart — a teacher, a former business owner and a school board member. The school district had had a brainstorm that addressed the lack of security inherent in schlepping pre-meeting packets to all of its board members and leaving them on the porch where any Tom, Dick or dog could pick it up, and the cost of printing these weighty tomes that were usually out of date by the time of the meeting. The district had modified the tablets, so they do nothing but provide and update board packets and information. The tablets wake up and search for a wireless network when new packet information is uploaded, so board members know when to check in. So now my lovely, tech-challenged wife, bingo-bango, uses nothing but the finger she’s usually wagging at me to flip through the pages of a PDF to keep up with her school-board business, and she’s ready to rock and roll come meeting night. The moral of this story is you can give technology to non-tech people, and they can make it work.

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