Technology pilot program expanding

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A year after starting a pilot program with iPads in Greenwood schools, students are moving on to something new: laptops.

Greenwood purchased 300 laptops for about $500 each that the seventh-graders at the middle school are using in all of their classes. The eighth-graders will use them in their science courses, director of secondary education Rick Ahlgrim said. The middle school students don’t get to take the devices home — teachers and administrators believe the computers will last longer that way — and they likely won’t use them every day.

The new devices are part of an ongoing pilot program to find the most affordable and practical way to use computers or tablets in the classroom. Greenwood started the pilot program last school year and purchased laptops and iPads for 109 students at the middle school and Greenwood Community High School to use in class and at home. At the end of last school year, school officials surveyed students and teachers.


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