When you think of laptops for education, you usually think iBooks, but one school system is going with PowerBooks instead. The Denali Borough School District will become the first in Alaska to provide a laptop computer for every student in grades 9-12 when school starts Sept. 15, according to
a Fairbanks News-Miner article. A total of 129 12-inch PowerBooks will go to high schoolers at Tri-Valley, Anderson and Cantwell schools.
This “one-on-one initiative” is the result of a partnership between the Denali Borough School District and Apple, and is based on programs in other states, particularly in Virginia and in Maine, the News-Miner reports. Apple trainers will be on hand to instruct students and parents on the care, maintenance and use of the PowerBooks. Each student has to pay a US$50 deposit before taking home a laptop. The program is voluntary, but school officials think “parents will appreciate the academic boost it will provide for students,” the News-Miner reports.
The school is also supplied with AirPort technology for wireless access. Safeguards are built into the system to make sure the computers are not abused or used for games, instead of schoolwork, according to the News-Miner.