Hamilton County (Tenn.) school officials want to put iPads, or similar devices in the hands of as many students as possible, as soon as possible. They say it's the wave of the future. That's why they visited the "school of the future" Friday, already up and running, on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.
It's the STEM School, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math. In its first year, the school is already being hailed as a success by educators, parents and students.
Bailey Crittenden, an East Ridge 9th grader who is among the initial class of 75 freshmen said, "I feel I'm getting smarter, and by using technology instead of textbooks, I'm getting a better education than i would have in a regular school." Visitors from Hamilton County's Central Office and School Board Technology Committee took a student-led tour. No doubt among the first things they noticed: no textbooks; in fact, very little paper at all.
Principal Tony Donen said, "We have very little paper around here. The iPads are integral to what we do. It puts the knowledge into the kids' hands. We teach them how to use that knowledge."