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West Vancouver high schools students required to bring iPads, tablets to class

DH Vancouver Staff Apr 16, 2014 2:15 pm

First it was cursive writing that became obsolete, and now pen and paper are increasingly taking a backseat in the education of the newest generation.

West Vancouver Secondary School will be requiring students in Grades 8 and 9 to bring their iPads and tablets to school, CBC News reported. Students in Grade 10 will also be encouraged to bring their mobile devices.

In September, the school will be the first of three West Vancouver high schools to implement the first stages of the multi-phased plan to introduce learning on tablet computers. Sentinel High School and Rockridge Secondary School will also follow and announce their plans soon.

West Vancouver Secondary plans to purchase a supply of tablet computers for the purpose of loaning them to students who cannot afford to buy their own.

“I’m anticipating certainly that there will be families that we will support and I’ve set aside some money to purchase devices that we will loan them for the year,” said Steve Rauh, the principal of West Vancouver Secondary, during an interview with CBC.

West Vancouver school district officials claim 90 per cent of elementary school students already own their own device and have access to such technology in classrooms.


Featured Image: Tablet in class via Shutterstock

DH Vancouver Staff
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