East Orange High School Replaces Textbooks With Tablet Computers

WARREN, NJ — East Orange Campus High School announced today that 480 senior students will start using tablets instead of textbooks this school year. The new initiative was introduced to promote a more engaging learning environment and Verizon Wireless was selected to provide tablets at a promotional price and a private and secure mobile network.

“This is a logical next step for school systems; delivering information in a way that our students are accustomed to consuming it,” said Makeba McCray, Technology Coordinator for East Orange Campus High School. “With the increasing cost of paper and the popularity of digital devices, this was also a natural cost-saving step that we hope everyone will benefit from and enjoy. To complement our plans, we needed a carrier with a reliable network at a great value. We’re excited to work with Verizon Wireless, who gave us exactly what we hoped for.”

All 480 senior high school students will receive a Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0”. Through Schoology, an online learning, classroom management, and social networking platform, they will be able to collaborate with their teachers and classmates and access the curriculum and supplemental content at any time. The tablets will also be preloaded with all necessary textbooks, as well as various educational applications and news sources including:

  • Thinkfree Office
  • File Expert
  • Khan Mobile
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus Free
  • Note Everything
  • Evernote
  • Algeo Scientific calculator
  • Citations2go
  • i-Cite APA
  • United States Constitution
  • WikiMobile
  • SAT vocabulary
  • Law Guide
  • Newsweek
  • USA Today

“The adoption of tablets within our schools is a growing trend in our area and we’re proud to be part of it,” said Pat Devlin, president of Verizon Wireless for the New York Metro Area. “Introducing tablets in our local schools is a great initiative. It is a fun and engaging way for the students to learn and interact with their classmates. It is also a lot more convenient since there will be no need to carry a heavy backpack every day.”

The tablets will run on an encrypted mobile network, provided by Verizon Wireless, which will allow students to do work anywhere in a safe web environment. Additionally, the school officials will have access to every tablet and have the ability to completely deactivate a tablet in the event that one is lost or stolen.

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