All classrooms in the Tempe (Ariz.) Elementary District’s 24 schools are getting two eMacs each so that students can learn how to use technology and the Internet as learning tools, the
Arizona Republic reports.
The Macs will operate on the Cox Education Network, enabling students to access their projects at any computer with an Internet connection in or out of school. State School Facilities Board funds were used to buy 41 of the computers and covered some wiring and circuitry costs. The total cost of the project, including new flat-panel displays for other systems, will be US$2.15 million over the next three years and will be paid out of a fund for technology, buses and textbooks, the Arizona Republic reports.
In other Macs-in-education news this week, it was announced that all teachers and seventh graders in
Carroll, Iowa will receive an Apple laptop before the end of October and that Upton Middle School in St. Joseph, Mich., celebrated the opening of a new Mac-equipped media center
with 30 iBooks.
On the down side, Pinellas County, Fla., schools are slated to
phase out their Macs — a controversial decision that caused St. Petersburg Times columnist Howard Troxler to write a
humorous article Mac fans are sure to enjoy.