N.J. High School's Plan Includes Getting Rid of Textbooks

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Watchung Hills (N.J.) Regional Board of Education members have been working on a new three-year plan to guide technology development and systems at the school, and the primary goal of a new plan set for a board vote next week is to expand the school network to a 1GB wireless system.

At Monday's meeting, board member Barry Hunsinger updated the board on the plans, which will enable to school to focus on using online testing, virtual desktops and e-textbooks—which board member Sondra Fechtner noted could have an added benefit for students.

"One issue we addressed a long time ago was the backpacks and the weight of the backpacks, and the damage on the structure our youngsters," she said, and asked if the plans would help alleviate some of the load for the students.

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