Tupelo, Mississippi schools get 5,000 Apple MacBooks

“After his school district announced its new laptop computer initiative, Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver is asking businesses to help provide Internet access to students,” Chris Kieffer reports for The NEMS Daily Journal.

“The district made a splash Tuesday by saying it would provide Apple MacBook computers to all teachers, administrators and students in sixth- to 12th-grade. The district will buy more than 5,000 computers, including computer carts for all nine of its kindergarten to fifth-grade schools,” Kieffer reports. “The students’ computers will replace their textbooks.”

Kieffer reports, “The students will have Internet access at school and will be able to do most of their work on the computer itself while not necessarily logged onto the Internet, Shaver said. But Shaver, whose previous school district in Whiteville, N.C., also had a one-to-one computer program with Apple, said he is encouraging businesses to install wireless Internet hubs.”

“Shaver said that 85 percent of the district’s students already have Internet access at home,” Kieffer reports. “‘For that other 15 percent, we are asking the community to step up and help,’ Shaver said.”

Kieffer reports, “The first phase of the computer distribution will occur soon, with seniors, teachers and administrators receiving their laptops before the end of this semester.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Chris T.” for the heads up.]

52 Comments

  1. ChrissyOne, it’s so good you were grateful. I imagine you were shouting that because you have some point to make. Here’s my point: BE GRATEFUL that kids today are, increasingly, getting more access to the technology that will prepare them for leading this country in directions even better than the really great one we’re finally on now.
    I have no doubt that the kids mentioned in this news article ARE GRATEFUL for their individual and personal computers, just as YOU WERE GRATEFUL for your two computers for your entire school.
    By the time I graduated from high school in 1982, there was one computer: in the principal’s office.

  2. It seems to me that Apple is becoming particularly aggressive with these education initiatives. The large sale in Maine and now these two large deployments are cementing the future with young users.
    To be blunt it is not unlike a drug dealer who gets them hooked and profits for a lifetime. The child will bring the Mac home and get everyone else hooked as well. Not a bad strategy.

  3. While the Macs may be more expensive upfront, they will still be working at these schools 6 years later (esp. the unibody Macs) despite being badly handled.

    This is the problem I have noticed for the Win7 buyers in our company – they will get a six month honeymoon until the OS starts to misbehave, they have lost their activation code, the install CD has been ‘borrowed’, three keyboard keys have fallen off and the plastic casing is falling apart. Then they will have 18 months of fighting and hating Windows until they get a new PC and begin it all again.

  4. Considering how often most schools update computers Macs should be the most obvious choice!

    When I was in high school, nine years ago, we were using six year old macs in the library and had five year old PC’s (Dell, I think) one for every three classrooms. We were cutting edge for public schools in north Alabama.

  5. @Jeph, relax….

    Long-time readers of MDN would know that C1 is just having a bit of fun.

    BTW, the first ‘real’ PC most of us had were either Apple Macs, Commodore Amiga 500’s, or Atari ST’s… all the losers used DOS/PC’s… or Radio Shack TRS 80’s.

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