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Three lessons from Amplify’s melted charger


Last Friday, Guilford County Schools in North Carolina “suspended the use of Amplify tablets, cases, keyboards and chargers, effective immediately.” EdSurge reports that middle school students in Guilford County have been among the first official customers of Amplify, the News Corp. subsidiary that is building a tablet-based curriculum program. Guilford county paid over $16.8 million (of a $30 million Race-To-The-Top grant) to buy the tablets to personalize learning. The shutdown came after a student reported on Oct. 2 that a charger overheated while plugged in at home, partly melting its plastic case. “While a certain amount of technology issues are expected during major roll-outs, GCS felt the safety concern required immediate attention,” noted the district’s press release…

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