Computer tablets have replaced the pen and paper at Riverside secondary after a major electronics company this month downloaded the Port Coquitlam school with new gear for learning.

Samsung Canada named Riverside as its first school in the country to pilot its Samsung School, a digital classroom that allows teachers to program curriculum using Samsung software and link with Galaxy Note 10.1 units supplied to the students as well as a 65-inch eBoard.

The technology was provided at no cost to Riverside but uses the school's WiFi. Samsung Schools are already operating at more than 20 schools around the world and, soon, at an elementary school in Edmonton.

Riverside was picked "because of its location, innovation and leadership," Lozier said. "We couldn't think of a better school to launch our system."

Added principal Anthony Ciolfitto, "This is setting our students up for opportunities that are new and exciting. The partnership with Samsung will provide a digital environment to develop them into 21st century citizens."

The program was launched yesterday in Debra Nordheimer's Grade 11 physics class, with PoCo Mayor Greg Moore, School District 43 superintendent Tom Grant and Samsung Canada president and CEO HT Kim watching the real-time presentation.

"We are looking at the classroom of the future," Moore said, noting the city is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. "This gives us the opportunity to create a legacy of learning for future generations."