Students in Wimberley High School will soon have iPads on a loaner basis.
Seniors will get them first, according to a Q&A posted at the school district website. Distribution begins next week.
Given the profile of the Wimberley area, my guess is that this will not be a major transition for the majority, many of whom already have smart phones and perhaps even iPads or laptops.
But for those who don't have these devices, this will be a great tool for them to use to get plugged in like everyone else.
The Q&A says that for now the district is looking at which textbooks might be accessed in electronic versions, but will still be using paper texts for the time being.
From my point of view, the transition to electronic texts cannot happen fast enough. They will be cheaper and they will be more easily updated.
Government and history texts, in particular, should be in electronic form, because the world is so rapidly changing.
Congratulations to WISD for taking this step forward.