- Associated Press - Sunday, April 12, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Students at Brookings High School are set to receive laptops this fall thanks to a technology plan aiming to improve instruction and academic achievement.

Providing the devices to every ninth- to 12th-grader at the school is expected to cost about $327,000. The Brookings Register (https://bit.ly/1yboRoM ) reports nearly $100,000 of the school’s tech budget will help pay for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga laptops, which also can be folded into tablet form.

“We’re bringing a powerful tool to the ability of our teachers to use in their classrooms,” Brookings High School Principal Paul von Fischer said.

The school plans to lease the computers from a company offering to rent them at no interest, allowing the school to pay off the cost of the devices over three years. The school would pay for an accidental policy in case a student damages a laptop. At no added cost, the leasing company would also provide 30 extra laptops and 100 extra styluses.

School officials are looking into installing additional outlets inside classrooms, repurposing a room into a tech center and monitoring activity on the computers.

“Batteries don’t last forever on a charge, so we’ll need outlets,” von Fischer said. “We’re doing an audit on that right now, and we’re investigating the best way to go, which might be to find some power stations that you can plug in.”

Work to add a wireless access point to each class should be finished by next school year.

Plans call for getting laptops to students before they register, possibly as early as Aug. 10.


Information from: Brookings Register, https://www.brookingsregister.com/

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