Some students attending Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana, will be carrying around an Apple notebook computer next school year instead of textbooks as part of the parish’s first Digital Academy.
An article in The Town Talk says that “students in Bolton’s gifted program plus all 11th-graders and the majority of 12th graders won’t be issued textbooks but will be given an Apple iMac computer on the first day of school.”
I think writer Mandy M. Goodnight probably confused iMac with MacBook (somehow) as it would be strange to ask the kids to carry around a 15-20 lb. desktop computer all day (though the weight differential of the books wouldn’t be that much). And in the photo accompanying the story, the English class getting acquainted to the computers appears to be using MacBooks.
The school’s principal is excited about being on the cutting edge, saying “This is the wave of the future. We are excited to be able to offer this to our students.”
The students also seem to be liking the change. “It is much easier to use a computer than textbooks,” said 15-year-old Eric Pantallioin. (I agree with Eric. I’ve always found textbook screens too sharp and their battery life too long.)
And although the school is using two grants and state reward money to pay for the new program, that hasn’t stopped detractors in the forum. According to poster know-it-all, “Books worked just fine when I was in school … Sounds like someone has more money than brains giving a $700 to $1000 pc to kids!”
I guess one thing know-it-all doesn’t know is that new Apple laptops are never as inexpensive as $700.