Kentucky laptops making the grade

The use of laptop computers by high school students in Daviess County, Ky., has opened new doors for both students and teachers, reports the Courier & Press of Evansville, Ind. The newspaper’s report comes as the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. will rent laptops to students at its five high schools for the academic year that starts next month. While EVSC will introduce laptops to all high school students and teachers in the program’s first year, Daviess County Public Schools opted for a four-year phase-in by grade level. The Daviess County district also has two provisions in its laptop program that EVSC will not have–financial protection against accidental damage and a tracking device that guards against theft. EVSC officials said they passed on those options because they would have raised rental fees. In Daviess County, the laptop program has been a success, said Matthew Constant, director of instructional technology. The laptops have allowed for "collaboration with students in other states, other cities, other countries, and virtual field trips. We saw students using laptops as organizational tools. We began to get a lot greener in this process … Teachers can eMail homework to students, and they can send it back without printing. We saw it as meeting kids where they are now."

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