On Feb. 9, Georgia’s Cobb County School District
will recommend that the state Board of Education spend US$69 million on a contract that will provide Apple laptops to all middle and high school students as well as their teachers. Phase I of Apple’s proposal, which the board will vote on during its March 9 meeting, would pass out laptops to all teachers this spring and select four sites where student use of the computers will be tested in the fall.
Phases II and III, which also require a board vote before moving forward, will issue laptops to all high school and middle school students, respectively, beginning in early 2006. The public will have the opportunity to hear about the plans and offer input during four information sessions to be held in late February and early March. While the information on the Cobb County Web site didn’t specify which brand of laptop will be handed out, almost all K-12 schools across the country select iBooks, which provide adequate computing power for their needs.