Samsung donates 60 tablets to Detroit school

Washington-Parks Academy third-grader Shelby Rushing uses a Verizon Galaxy II tablet during a geometry lesson at the Detroit charter school this month. The school received $75,000 in grants to train teachers and students in the use of the mobile devices in the classroom.

Detroit — The Milky Way Galaxy just got a little closer for some students at one Detroit charter school.

Earlier this month, 60 seven-inch computer tablets were delivered to students at Washington-Parks Academy, a K-8th grade school operated by Cornerstone Schools. The portable computers came compliments of Samsung.

The school, on Detroit's west side, received $75,000 in grants from Verizon to train math, science and technology teachers and students in the use of mobile devices in the classroom. The tablet gift from Samsung was worth $24,000.

Company and school officials said the idea is to give the children an opportunity to experience mobile technology and innovative learning applications that may keep them more engaged, and more likely to enjoy and succeed in school.

The kids took to them immediately.

Seventh-graders were using the tablets and Droid Skyview, a program that uses GPS coordinates, to plot out section of the solar system in real time inside their classroom.

Out of their seats, students one-by-one held the tablets up above their heads toward the sky and spun around, searching out planets, moons, stars and constellations as they raced across the screen.

Da'Jahne Bynum, 12, hunted for Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn inside her science classroom, her tablet moving around as if she was traveling in space herself

"I didn't understand this before. I do now. It's really exciting to have these," Da'Jahne said.

Students from a third-grade math class were scurrying around the school's lobby using their tablets to take photographs of light fixtures, corners and artwork in their search for right angles and parallel lines as part of a lesson on geometry.

Using a program called Skitch, students returned to their classroom and began highlighting the geometric angles and identifying them for their teacher, Kelly Pappas.

"Once they got a hold of the tablets, it was instant for them. It's such a great tool and they are so excited about technology," Pappas said.

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