Tablet Integration Takes Hold in School

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Though Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove, Ill., had a robust wired infrastructure, in 2011, administrators decided it was time to put wireless access in the two-school district for staff and students to access. “It was a logical time to put something in place to make use of the wireless,” says Rod Rousseau, director of technology and information services, and soon after, “we opted to give all certified staff members tablet computers.”

The district spent nearly $1 million on the wireless upgrades, and roughly $500,000 on Lenovo Thinkpad tablets for 450 employees, some of whom still use desktop computers as well. Rousseau’s team also ensured that all classroom projectors were networked and wirelessly accessible, so teachers could project information from their tablets as they move around the classroom.