The Washington (Ariz.) Elementary School District is putting 30 Apple iBooks on compact, mobile carts and taking the latest in computer technology to students rather than having them go to a lab, according to the
Arizona Republic. The carts also contain a printer and two AirPort Base Stations for wireless Internet connections.
“The cost of keeping up with new developments on the mobile lab versus the dedicated classroom lab is probably about the same, but it’s quicker and easier to change over a portable system, and that translates to savings,” said Mike Cannon, the district’s technology coordinator, told the newspaper. He added that technology changes so fast that brick-and-mortar setups can be obsolete before they’re installed.
Putting fully equipped computer labs in all 32 of the district’s schools has been part of Washington’s improvement master plan since it was introduced several years ago, the Arizona Republic reports. At least 15 more schools are slated to receive the mobile computer labs by Christmas.