The back-to-school season is upon us, and kids around the country are trading in lazy days and late nights for early mornings and homework. But for students at some schools, this year will be different, as a staple of the educational experience is undergoing a technological upgrade.
Last week, Covington, La.-based Northlake Christian School kicked off the school year in style with a notable absence of paper textbooks. According to The Times-Picayune, students in grades 7 to 12 have been equipped with iPads for easy access to "online books, databases, textbooks, audio and video files." Over the summer, students and their teachers participated in an iPad Boot Camp to familiarize themselves with the apps they will be using on a daily basis and learn how to make the most out of the devices, which boast color-coded cases that vary according to grade.
The paperless revolution is set to sweep a number of other educational institutions and school districts this fall, including southern Indiana's Greater Clark School District and Cincinnati, Ohio's Northwest Local School District, as reported by WDRB-TV and Cincinnati.com, respectively. Specifically, the Northwest Local School District is embracing paperless board meetings, while third- through 12th-grade students in the Greater Clark School District have been equipped with Chromebooks, according to the news sources.
Devices such as iPads and Chromebooks are revolutionizing information management across a variety of sectors, from education to the corporate world. When leveraged in tandem with conversion services, they have the power to un-tether members of both the workforce and the student body from books, printouts and other paper documents that previously constrained operations, thereby streamlining workflow and maximizing productivity.
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