Clark-Pleasant bucking tech trend

By August, three local school districts will have spent more than $2 million to buy iPads and laptops for more than half of the county’s high school students, but one of the largest school districts won’t continue the trend.

Clark-Pleasant schools can’t afford to buy laptops or tablets for all of its roughly 1,300 high school students. And since most students likely already have their own smartphones, computers or tablets, technology director Jim White wants school officials to consider whether students should be required to bring their own devices to school to complete assignments in and outside class.

The requirement is realistic, given that about 90 percent of Clark-Pleasant’s fifth- and sixth-graders have Internet access at home, and about 64 percent of those students have their own smartphones, White said.

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