Guilford County Schools

Amplify

The educational software and technology company Amplify announced it will issue 19,240 new tablets to Guilford County middle schools. The company says these tablets are durable and will feature "Gorilla Glass" screens and spill-resistant "rubber bumpers."

This is the company's second attempt to serve Guilford County Schools. The school district last fall leased 15,000 tablets as part of a $30 million federal Race To The Top grant. But one month into the program, more than 10 percent of Amplify tablets had cracked or broken screens. One student's tablet charger overheated and melted.

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Many school systems are wrestling with ways to serve students with mobile technology such as tablets. But Guilford County Schools has learned there’s a downside to the devices. The district has suspended its tablet program after students reported 1,500 cracked or broken screens in just the first month of school. 


Two North Carolina school districts have won a combined $50 million worth of federal Race to the Top grants.  Guilford County and Iredell-Statesville schools will use the money to add technology to classrooms. 

In the past, Race to the Top money has gone to states.  This is the first time individual districts got the chance to apply for the grants.  The U.S. Department of Education awarded grants to sixteen districts across the country with plans to customize student learning.