Educational Technology

October 27, 2012

Schools look to boost use of computers, other gadgets without breaking the budget

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

by Michelle Mitchell, Desert Sun

Inexpensive tablets, the rise of smart phones and the development of online textbooks and educational applications have combined to increase the feasibility of putting an Internet-connected device in front of every student. But an era of budget-tightening that has included teacher layoffs, increased class sizes and transportation cuts has led districts to seek out ways to provide this technology without draining education funds. Desert Sands and Palm Springs unified school districts are launching programs asking students to bring their own smart phones, tablets or computers to class. Coachella Valley Unified is asking voters to approve a bond that will buy an iPad for every student and pay for improvements to the district’s Internet-connection infrastructure.

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