Laptops going to kids at 4 Broward schools

From the Miami Herald: Within a few months, 4,500 Broward students — some as young as 9 — will be on the front lines of a technological revolution in the county’s classrooms. Each student in the pilot project will be issued an Apple iBook computer.

The School Board has spent $5 million from its capital budget for the iBooks — the first step toward putting a personal computer in the hands of every child in grades 3 to 12.

School officials caution they’re still working on details of what’s called one-to-one computing, which is planned for Monarch High in Coconut Creek, Miramar High, Attucks Middle in Hollywood and Broward Estates Elementary in Fort Lauderdale.

But technology leaders are already thinking bigger. “One-to-one is a big initiative for us,” said the school district’s new chief information officer, Vijay Sonty. “We want to reform and restructure how technology is used in schools.”

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