4,800 students in Microsoft’s backyard receive Apple Mac notebooks

“All students enrolled in Shoreline’s public secondary schools now can have a Macintosh laptop for use at school and at home during the school year,” Linda Knapp reports for The Seattle Times.

“This program is possible because Shoreline residents passed a bond measure enabling the school district to purchase and support the laptops. Parents can opt out of the program, but very few have,” Knapp reports. “For this family’s eighth-grader, the excitement of receiving a laptop makes returning to school not so bad.”

“They’ll be using these computers to do research, write papers, develop presentations, submit homework and communicate with teachers, among other things,” Knapp reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: All of Shoreline’s 7th-12th graders – more than 4,800 students – are eligible for take-home Apple iBook and MacBook computers this school year. Shoreline, WA is located a scant 21 miles (about a 30 min. commute) from Microsoft’s Redmond, WA headquarters. We can only imagine the reactions of those Microsoft employees living in the Shoreline school district as their children bring home their new Apple notebooks running Mac OS X.

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24 Comments

  1. We can only imagine the reactions of those Microsoft employees living in the Shoreline school district as their children bring home their new Apple notebooks running Mac OS X.

    Probablly a collective sigh of relief as they know they won’t have to spend hours on them to keep them free of malware like they have to do for the rest of the world at work.

  2. We can only imagine the reactions of those Microsoft employees living in the Shoreline school district as their children bring home their new Apple notebooks running Mac OS X.

    Install Bootcamp & Windows?

  3. Microsoftites are not ignorant of Apple products, they sport quite a decent amount of iPods on the Redmond campus.

    They just tote the company line and products because it pays their salary.

    It’s just a job to most of them, only the brass drinks the kool-aid and acts like Nazi’s.

  4. “Parents can opt out of the program, but very few have.”

    Now that’s interesting, a school district that offers a choice not an ultimatum. Maybe more school districts will also permit open campuses with free and democratic computing.

  5. >
    Now that’s interesting, a school district that offers a choice not an ultimatum. Maybe more school districts will also permit open campuses with free and democratic computing.>

    Wot a load of bollocks!

    Discipline and a good kick up the arse is what a lot of these namby pamby kids need.

    MW-choice -NOT.

  6. Apple feeds the next generation. The bias these Micro$in employees have towards Apple will change and be a wake up call for these parents after they see what their kids do with them after a little while. And NO, you don’t have to install Norton.

  7. Massage:

    That’s an old one. And BTW, the guy who’s blog it appeared on got FIRED by Microsoft for posting the photo! They said it was a breach of “security”.

    Yeah, right. As if MS has even the vaguest clue what security is!

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