How wonderful is this! Ah, now to have this happen for all high school and college students in Alabama. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he. 😀 Connecticut’s plan actually starts with “19,000 laptops … for the state’s 600 ninth and 10th grade classrooms.”
From eSchool News staff and wire service reports, February 17, 2005
In a time when other states are trimming back on educational technology initiatives, the governor of Connecticut is moving forward with an ambitious plan to give laptop computers to the state’s high school students.
In the budget Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell presented to the General Assembly last week, $15.5 million is set aside to purchase laptop computers for high school English classes.
“If we want our students to be on the leading edge of learning, we’ve got to provide cutting-edge technology and teaching innovation,” Rell said. “Laptops go far beyond improving keyboarding skills.”
Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg proposed the initiative last fall as a way to improve high school students’ writing ability.
If the plan is approved, 19,000 laptops would be purchased for the state’s 600 ninth and 10th grade classrooms. About 300 classrooms would be equipped by the 2005-06 school year, and the rest would have the technology by the following school year.
Forgetting, for a moment, the tremendous educational value of such a program – what a great boost this would give to any Governor / Legislature should they adopt a similar plan.