- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says it’s equipping each of its 30,000 middle school students with a laptop this year.

The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1Ag32F6 ) the district began distributing Google Chromebooks in November. Valerie Truesdale, the CMS chief of technology, said the rollout should be complete by next month.

The initiative caps two years of efforts to connect classrooms to the Internet. Every classroom inside a school building was connected to wireless internet before last school year. In August, CMS finished bringing WiFi to every mobile classroom. The district has also bought digital textbooks in science and social studies classes.

It’s also the second year where schools have implemented “bring your own device” policies. Starting in January 2014, principals have been able to allow students to bring tablets and smartphones from home.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com


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