Horry County Schools began distributing digital devices to high school teachers last week in preparation for the second phase of its personalized digital learning initiative, which is designed to put a digital device in each student’s hands over a three-year period.
About 900 devices will be given to teachers through May 13, said Ashley Gasperson, HCS coordinator of digital communications. The district chose the Windows-based Dell Venue 11 tablet, an attachable keyboard to convert the tablet to a laptop and a case. Each tablet, including accessories, cost $600.
The district launched the PDL initiative in January, giving iPads to all middle school students. High school focus groups opted for a tablet with storage capability and a keyboard, not a full-fledged laptop, and students in grades nine through 12 will receive their devices in the fall. The PDL rollout will continue in fall 2015 for grades three through five.