Alabama

Alabama will be the first state to go to tablets Statewide.  The Alabama State Senate passed the Alabama Ahead Act, SB1, which was sponsored by State Senator Gerald Dial (R). SB 1 will allow implementation of a law the legislature originally passed in 2012. The legislation improves upon current law by allowing touch-based devices, removing the phase-in period, adding all grades, and authorizing a bond issue to pay for getting the tablets to the children.  According to Sen. Dial, SB1 will save the State up to $25 million per year, versus purchasing the old-fashioned textbooks most of us remember lugging around.  “Our students live in a digital world, and today the Alabama Senate took one giant step forward toward creating a 21st century learning environment. Digital textbooks have been proven to reduce costs, increase student participation and reduce behavior problems.” 

 

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