“Heavy backpacks stuffed with books may soon become artifacts in the Putnam Valley schools, where students and teachers are receiving free laptops this year with wireless Internet access. The computers – Apple iBook G4s – will be outfitted with compact discs and online textbooks and are part of a new initiative in the district to improve student achievement and prepare children for careers,” David Novich reports for The Journal News.

“All of the 120 middle and high school teachers have been given the portable computers. The seventh grade, with about 160 students, will get laptops during the second half of the year. The computers cost the district $200,000 and are considered a way to motivate students, who parents say would rather be playing games on their computers than doing homework,” Novich reports.

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