CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (WDEF) --- The Hamilton county department of education is moving to get computing devices into the hands of all students as quickly as possible.
A test of such devices has just been completed, and school leaders got a report on the M-X-N e-portal system Friday. .
A few months ago we showed you a scene from future public school classrooms.
These are students at the Hamilton County STEM school where they don't use books and paper tablets..they have laptops for all classes.
Schools leaders are preparing to do that for all students in the future, but exactly when and where depends of funding.
And, there's something else on that path---finding the right device at the right price.
You're looking at an MXN computing device that was tested for 30 days by students at Ooltewah elementary and Calvin Donaldson school.
BOB PATRICK, PRES., MXN CORP. "It is possible to deploy 40-thousand of these devices in a single day. All you need is people take the out of the box, tapping-in student I.D.'s and passing them out. "
School leaders got a report from teachers on their effectiveness.
PATTY KINSEY, HCDE TECH MGR "We're finding that out today. We need to hear from and I.T. Standpoint..the tablet is great, easy to manage, great for our network..but we need to learn how well it works in the classroom. "
Company officials were also here to listen in on that feedback.
MICHAEL LIPPMAN, MXN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT "So, we'll have some feedback from the trial...we're also going to do an additional overview of the whole solution."
PATTY KINSEY "The biggest thing is we have to pave the road first. And that's by upgrading the infrastructure in every school..and I think once that is completed, the rest will come pretty quickly."
At the end of that meeting, the teachers were allowed to take the devices back for an indefinite period of time..to try other programs on the MXN pads.
One thing they have already learned, the kids love them.
The M-X-N tablet now being tested will sell for about 175-dollars each.
Patty Kinsey says the school district hopes that private business and grants will eventually help purchase the classroom devices.