Guiford County Schools Tablet Program

)ne of the largest classroom technology initiatives in US history is underway in the Greensboro area. Starting in Fall 2013, 13,000 students in Guilford County will receive tablets computers when they begin the 6th grade. Last year the county was awarded a federal “Race to the Top” grant for 30 million dollars.  Here are WUNC stories on this topic:

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Education
3:07 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tablets Return To Guilford County Schools In August, Students Now Face Fines

More than 2,000 tablets broke and about a dozen chargers partially melted earlier this school year.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County will face new punishments for broken tablet computers this fall.

Guilford County Schools rolled out a federally funded tablet program last August. But by October more than 15 percent of the devices had broken and a few chargers melted. The district stopped the program and found a new manufacturer.

After public feedback some new rules are in-place for the re-launch this fall:

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Education
9:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

One-Fourth of School Districts Oppose Law Repealing Teacher Tenure

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At least 28 school districts across the state have voiced opposition to a new law that repeals teacher tenure and replaces it with a plan that rewards the top teachers, according the North Carolina Association of Educators.

Cumberland County Schools and Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are among the latest to reject the law, which is meant to phase out tenure for all teachers by 2018.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Teachers React To State Of Education

  In the wake of the most recent General Assembly session, some teachers across the state are expressing concern about policies that affect the classroom, like voucher programs and budgetary restraints.

Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Reporter Dave Dewitt; Wilmington Star-News education reporter Pressley Baird; and Carolina Public Press reporter Jon Elliston.

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Education
3:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Tablet Manufacturer Says No Problems With Devices

More than 2,000 tablets broke and about a dozen chargers partially melted earlier this school year.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The manufacturer of tablet computers previously used in Guilford County classrooms is not taking blame for chargers that melted.

Guilford County school officials and the manufacturer of tablet computers once used in district classrooms disagree on why thousands of devices broke. Asus, the company that built the more than 15,000 tablet computers used for a time in Guilford County classrooms, is not taking blame for melted chargers. In a statement Asus says is has run tests on its products and found no problems.  The tablet program was paused in October after thousands of devices broke and nearly a dozen chargers partially melted. School officials believe the devices were defective. Meanwhile students are without tablets and the school system is working with Amplify, a for-profit education company to find another manufacturer and try to re-start the program.

“This doesn’t really change out view of what happened and our view of what’s needed to move forward, which is still to make sure that we get the products and services at the expected quality,” said Nora Carr, Chief of Staff for Guilford County Schools.

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Tablet Program Suspended In Greensboro

Credit Jeff Tiberii

Leaders with Guilford County schools announced today they are suspending a tablet-computer initiative indefinitely.  The surprising news came at a hastily called press conference Friday.  Guilford County was in the process of implementing the largest tablet program in U.S. History. It is funded by a $30 million federal grant. Since the school system started handing out tablets to teachers in June, and students in August, about 10-percent have been cracked or broken.

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Education
6:30 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Students Getting Tablets In Guilford County

Math teacher Melissa Tatum is one of 900 educators who has been trained on the tablet computers. She plans to use Brain Pop in her classroom this fall.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County are getting familiar with tablet computers this week.

Students at three Guilford County middle schools spent the day learning on tablet computers.  A district wide technology initiative that will provide tablets to 17,000 students is underway. The district won a federal “race to the top grant” of more than $30 million. Students are taking a day off from summer break to go into school and get comfortable with the devices.

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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Guilford Middle School Students Getting Tablet Computers This Week

Math teacher Melissa Tatum is one of 900 educators who has been trained on the tablet computers. She plans to use Brain Pop in her classroom this fall.
Credit Jeff Tiberii

Middle school students in Guilford County are getting tablet computers this week, thanks to a federal grant.

    

One of the largest classroom technology initiatives in U.S. history is underway in Guilford County. This week middle school students can begin picking up their tablet computers and get comfortable with the devices prior to the start of classes.

Teachers have been learning the ins and outs of these Android-based tablets all summer.

"There is also an encyclopedia on here, all kinds of different things that come preloaded," said Eric Loveday, 8th grade science teacher at Southwest Middle School.

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Education
11:28 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Guilford School Board Going Partisan in 2016

Guilford County School Board candidates will have to declare party affiliation beginning in 2016
Credit Dave DeWitt

 

School Board candidates in Guilford County will have to declare their party affiliation starting with the 2016 election. The move to do away with non-partisan elections comes from a law passed by the General Assembly last month. The measure also decreases the number of school board seats in Guilford from 11 to 9 and re-draws district lines so they’re the same as County Commissioners. 

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