The South Orangetown Central School District is using state bullet funding secured for the district by State Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester) to purchase low-cost mobile devices for its eighth grade students.
The money will be used to buy Google Chromebooks and carts to store them in for every eighth grade student at South Orangetown Middle School to be sued as part of the district's mobile learning initiative.
"I am proud to have secured this critical funding in order to bring our classrooms into the 21st century," Carlucci said. "Tablets and mobile devices, such as Google Chromebook, are the future in educational instruction, allowing our students to embrace new technology that is needed to compete in today's global economy. At the same time this is a quality investment for the South Orangetown School District, by saving taxpayers' money and reducing its reliance upon unnecessary costs."
According to a release from the district, the devices will allow students to work with peers and teachers as a part of regular classroom learning, giving them access to online instructional resources. They will allow students to manage learning portfolios, engage in active learning using resources not normally available in the classroom.
The district also plans to use the technology to learn more about how mobile learning can be used to enhance education and possibly reduce costs associated with things like printing and copying.