Students at Grandview High School in Hillsboro, Missouri started the new school year this past Thursday, but something was different. Students did not need big backpacks to hold binders and textbooks. The school St. Louis area school decided to ditch textbooks in favor of Android tablets because they save money and help students become more tech savvy.
About 330 Coby Kyros internet touchscreen tablets were handed out, and Thursday was considered a training day to help the students setup them up for the school year.
Students will be able to take the tablets home to do their homework and complete assigned readings by using applications like Moodle, which is a free online classroom. They will include free online textbooks and digital copies of textbooks. Students will take tests using the Coby tablet as well. in case you are wondering what else the students might do with their new technology, there is an internet filter to block many sites including pornography and Facebook. After they graduate, they are allowed to keep their tablets, but I am sure they will want an upgrade by then.