“Thornton Academy is finalizing plans to provide laptop computers to its students next fall. Lloyd Hunt, director of instruction at the private high school in Saco, said officials have been discussing the possibility of laptops for years,” Jen Fish writes for The Portland Press Herald. “‘It could really be transformational,’ Hunt said of the technology, citing the ability of laptops to bring the most up-to-date information to students and provide all students with access to a computer 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“Hunt said that, to his knowledge, Thornton is the first of Maine’s independent schools to implement such a program. All seventh- and eighth-graders in Maine’s public schools are provided laptops. This year, Gov. John Baldacci endorsed the idea that the program be extended to high school students,” Fish reports. “Officials have estimated the program will cost $3 million to start and cost an additional $900,000 a year to maintain. Thornton is negotiating with Apple Computer to determine whether it will lease or buy the computers.”
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