School districts struggle with technology costs

Students learning to use tablets and laptops in class may have to go back to using paper and pencils full time unless local schools find more money for new technology.

This year about 120 students at Whiteland Community High School were given tablet devices to use for the high school’s newly combined biology and computer applications course. The tablets allow students to use the Internet instead of textbooks for in-class research, and they can take quizzes electronically, Clark-Pleasant technology director Jim White said.

White purchased the tablets last year after Clark-Pleasant received a grant of nearly $100,000 from the state. He bought the tablets for about a fourth of this year’s freshmen, but already was thinking about what kind of technology the school could offer them as sophomores.

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