- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County School system is implementing a four-year program that eventually will put a laptop computer in the hands of every middle and high school student in the district.

“We’re moving more slowly than some districts partly because we want to spend wisely in implementing it, and partly because we’re much larger than any of the other districts that have done this,” said Jennifer Weeks, assistant superintendent of academic education, told The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1r6ANje).

The DeSoto district has more than 30,000 students.

The district does not intend to raise taxes to pay for the program.

The One-to-One Technology Initiative will provided MacBook Air computers for all certified staff members at each of the district’s eight high schools.

Next school year, all high school students will receive laptops along with staffers at all middle schools.

Middle school students will be phased in during the third year, along with staff members at elementary schools.

In the fourth year, each elementary classroom will get a set of iPad tablets.

George Loper, chief instructional technology officer, the district wanted to make sure it had the proper infrastructure in place to handle the online traffic before allowing access to the network.

Loper said the laptops will be monitored closely by the school system to ensure proper use.

“Every keystroke they make,” Loper said, “we’ll know about it.”

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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