“The school board on Monday gave district staff the green light to negotiate a contract with Apple Computer that will place laptop computers in the hands of every student and teacher at Springfield Middle School and Gateways Learning Center early next year,” The Register-Guard reports. “The aim of the four-year pilot project, called the 1 to 1 Laptop Initiative, is to increase student achievement by delivering instruction in new, engaging ways.”

“Other schools that have undertaken similar projects have seen better student attendance, fewer behavior problems and a higher level of parent and student participation, district spokesman Jeff DeFranco said,” The Register-Guard reports. “The board authorized a contract not to exceed $800,000, which will cover the cost of the machines as well as ongoing technical support and training.”

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