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New Elite Pads received with mixed feelings from students, faculty

Sarah Farmer, Staff Writer

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When it comes to technology, speed is a key factor. For that reason, many members of the student body are not big fans of the new Elite Pad.

“I do not like the new elite pads because they are too slow and they die too fast,” Senior Josh Bailey said.

Others concur with Bailey’s assessment.

“I wish it had a mouse and loaded faster,” Junior Dillon Sherly said.

Overall, however, both of them did like the Elite Pads. Some students do like the change in technology device.

“Downloading things is difficult but I like how we can use word,” sophomore Sarah Barks said.

Freshman Hannah Douglas said, “It wont hold a charge and its really slow” though, she really likes the Elite Pads because “They are easy to work.”

The upperclassman do not like the Elite Pads because they are slow and they would much rather laptops.

Some of the underclassman like the Elite Pads either because it’s easier to type papers on than a laptop or because they have never been able to have their very own device from the school before.

Teachers also have some mixed feelings about the new technology.

“I their mobility but the laptops had a better storage capacity,” Mrs. McGee said.

Some faculty members agree about the storage capacity issue, but they like other advantages of the Elite Pads as well.

“I like the touch screen technology and that it is lighter than the laptop,” Ms. Laura Horton, Media Specialist, said.

There are ways for students to increase the speed issue with the devices.

“We are currently changing the operating system from Windows 8 Professional to Windows 8 Enterprise to speed up the Elite Pads. Also, games drain your battery and slow down your device so try not to download a lot of them,” Mr. Mark Scott, technology specialist, said.

Principal Dan Matthews is in favor of the new devices and understands the reason that a change was needed.

“We needed to standardize technology being used at the school and using three devices with two different operating systems was too much. Also, with the iPads we couldn’t block or watch what the students did. We got a very good price on the Elite Pads, too, but they are also able to have jump drives and they have ports for other things. We decided not to deploy laptops because they are too heavy and too big for the students to carry around and we will need the touch screen that the elite pad has for the future to take the smarter balance assessment that might begin next year,” Matthews said.

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