Amplify vows to fix high-profile tablet flap
Amplify moves to fix melted chargers, broken screens reported as $30M program rolls out in N.C.
In the wake of much-publicized safety issues plaguing a 15,000-tablet initiative in Guilford County, N.C., schools, Brooklyn-based technology company Amplify said it will replace every device distributed under Guilford County’s tablet program in order to connect students to high-tech learning tools as quickly as possible.
Reports of broken screens in about 10 percent of the tablets, along with melted chargers, prompted district officials to put the tablet program on pause.
Guilford leased more than 15,000 ASUS tablets from Amplify as part of a $30 million Race to the Top program designed to personalize learning for district students. That initiative, the Personalized Achievement, Curriculum, and Environment (PACE) program, launched this fall in 18 middle schools.
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