North Carolina district puts tablets on pause

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A malfunctioning charger triggered the decision Friday to suspend the use of 15,000 computer tablets at Guilford County middle schools in a setback for the district’s $30 million Race To the Top experiment in digital learning.

Teachers and administrators at 18 schools involved in the program collected the tablets, keyboards, protective cases and chargers for temporary storage at each school until a solution is worked out, Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green said.

Green said he made the decision after a charger overheated and partially melted while in use at a student’s home. He made the move because of the potential safety threat and because it was the latest in a series of issues with the tablets, Green said.

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