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Davies High Newspaper Reviews Glass Paper Tablets

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Earlier this month, Valley News Live brought you an investigative report on the Fargo Public School District's Glass Paper Project that rang up at nearly $2 million and put touch screen tablets in all Fargo High Schools.
We found district members ignoring students' warnings that the tablets are getting in the way of learning. This week, a Fargo high school is exposing the issues they've been running into. The latest issue of the Davies High School Talon questioned whether the tablets were becoming problematic.
Every Davies sophomore, junior and senior received a tablet at the start of the school year. Now, they're up for review by students like Logan Walker.
"I think they're a step in the right direction, but a lot of the distribution in how the parties have used them has been mismanaged," Logan, a Davies student, said.
Like dozens of other students who answered the survey, Logan sees the tablets are becoming distractions in class. More than 60% of Davies students answered to being off-task, at least sometimes, during class time.
"I think the students that marked no on that were not being as honest as they could have been," Logan laughed.
On the other hand, not even turning the tablets on could be hurting the learning process, as well. More than one-third of students say they use their tablets in less than half their classes.
"If a program like this is going to be successful, all parties need to be involved. Teachers have to be just as invested as students in learning new techniques," he said.
These teams better get to work fast to find a solution before school's out. It's more than millions of your tax dollars-- it's an education on the line.
Because students have been dealing with so many problems with the tablets, the next issue of The Talon will include a list of fixes and tutorials for students.

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