Royse City students get hands-on learning from new tablet pilot program

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 2 at 9:54 PM

ROYSE CITY -- A small Texas town is embracing big city technology.

A new pilot program is putting a tablet in the hands of 300 middle and high school students in Royse City ISD.

The Android-based “Amplify Tablet” runs special software designed for students.

Royse City ISD is paying for the program with $108,000 from its local technology budget. Part of that covers insurance for cracked or broken tablets.

After the year-long program, the district will consider outfitting all of its students with tablets.

“I definitely don’t see it as a luxury, I definitely see it as the next step,” said Zach Snow, the instructional technology coordinator for RCISD.

“[We’re] trying to figure out what is the best way to engage the students now, so that we are really preparing them to take the next step,” Snow said.

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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