La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) has distributed more than 700 Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets to students from Grade 3 to fourth year high school in an effort to boost technology use in the Philippines school system.
According to a story filed in the Manila Bulletin, LSGH is the first school in the country to use the new tablet technology inside the classroom.
“For this generation, the digital world is their vernacular. We need to guide this love for technology. So this is where the school plays a special role. There is no way we can avoid technology and its use in our day to day business, particularly in a school system. The schools have to adapt in this new medium of communication of this generation and the next. We shall lead the effort to use the digital world as the new vernacular in learning,” LSGH president Br. Felipe Belleza, FSC told the Manila Bulletin.
The school’s research has shown carrying heavy bags lead to poor posture and even spinal damage in students. Using the Galaxy Tab 8.9 – only 0.34 inches thick and weighing 0.98 pounds (loaded with ebooks) – is significantly lighter than even one textbook, which weighs between one to three kilograms.