Starting this year, Tippecanoe Valley High School is upgrading its technology department by purchasing Acer tablets for all high school students. The TVHS board has approved the high school to acquire $132K to buy the tablets. The school is going to be a 1-to-1 school starting this school year and lasting until the 2016-2017 school year. After that four year period the school corporation is able to choose to purchase the tablets or get rid of them. The students are very excited to receive the new tablets in September.
For those people that want to know its design, it has silver aluminum finish with neatly curving edges. The tablet weighs less than the iPad 2. It has a good line-up of connections, including a micro HDMI, a micro USB (with a full-size one on the keyboard), a micro SD memory card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack that fits most headphones. Also there is two cameras, one eight-megapixel camera with an LED flash that is on the back, and a two-megapixel version on the front for video chat.
“I can’t wait to get the new tablets this year; I think it will give the high school students a chance to have some responsibility. I think it will be cool to do homework at home without carrying big heavy books with me,” says senior Casey Laycock. Many students have that same outlook. Books are heavy, and having tablets makes it easier for students to bring their homework home.
The tablets are planned to make students more enthused to do their homework and bring it outside of school. Students are fast at typing and don’t like to take notes so one advantage of the tablets will be for students to type notes out instead of writing them, this is expected to boost studying which will lead to improved grades. The school is hoping the tablets bring everything they expect them to.