Oregon school system to purchase $800,000 worth of Apple laptops for students and teachers

“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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22 Comments

  1. “Other schools that have undertaken similar projects have seen better student attendance, fewer behavior problems and a higher level of parent and student participation.”

    I would like to read how Mac’s affected such positive improvements in specific student and parent behaviors. Any explantatons?

  2. Awesome.

    To put this in its proper perspective: this is a state that is cutting whole weeks from the school calendar, and whose teachers have agreed to work for some number of days for free so that the schedule wouldn’t have to be cut even further. Somebody’s finally realizing that buying good-quality, reliable, safe, fast computers for students is actually a way to SAVE money.

  3. Since someone mentioned Dull, how many people have seen a Dull store at the mall? I’ve seen a billboard advertising Dull @ the mall, here in Fairfield, CA but I haven’t seen it myself….

    Wondering what they have to offer…..besides crap.

  4. Jayplus, I have seen their kiosks. It’s nothing special pretty much what you said…crap.

    I finally got to see the Dell DJ in person. There is a reason they aren’t selling (hint: it rhymes with ‘wrap’). Did you know that when you shut it down it has a little dialog box saying that it’s shutting down? It also takes toooooo long to shut down as well. 0/5 for me.

    Also, if you touch a DJ, be sure to bring disinfectant. I don’t know about you, but I felt dirty after I touched it.

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