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.