Students in the Cherry Hill, New Jersey school system may be getting iBooks as part of an upcoming pilot program designed to provide wireless laptops for all students and teachers starting in the fourth grade. Apple was the first company to make a presentation to the district at Tuesday’s regular board of education meeting, according to a Courier-Post article.
Dell, Microsoft, Intel and Compaq will also be making presentations before the board over the next few weeks.
As many as any as 9,000 students from fourth-grade and up could eventually receive a laptop if the pilot program proves successful. Cherry Hill may be eyeing the success of an Apple iBook program in Henrico County, Virginia. Henrico was the centerpiece of Apple’s launch of the new iBook when the remodeled consumer laptop was first unveiled. On the same day Apple introduced the new iBook, it announced Henrico County had signed up to buy more than 20,000 units.
Since then, seventh and eighth graders in Henrico schools have been outfitted with the systems, which are used for class work and research. The school system has won various awards for its implementation of the laptop program.
The cost of the Cherry Hill project hasn’t been determined. The pilot program and a schoolwide program would likely be financed through the budget, grants and donations, according to the Courier-Post.