FISD okays purchase of 275 tablets

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees on Monday agreed to enter the tablet era of computing in hopes of eventually leveling the playing field between haves and have nots.

Trustees okayed the purchase of 275 tablet computers to begin teacher training, and for use with some staff members, Supt. Marc Williamson said. Cost for the initial purchase was $161,000.

“The infrastructure needs to be in place before we offer this to students and every staff member,” Williamson said. “We are negotiating with Time Warner for additional bandwidth (to accommodate increased needs).”

Williamson said iPads or Dell tablets would be given to 242 teachers and the rest would be to administrative support services and a few non-contractual positions.

 “I don’t see a radical change in teaching methods, because we’re already set up where we do many things electronically,” Williamson said. “But there will be a big difference in what can be done with the students out of the classroom — from assignments to easier teacher feedback.”

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