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Trustees ditch high school laptop program

July 1, 2011

Out with the laptops, in with the e-pads. And throw in some COWs for good measure.

During their Thursday night meeting, Big Spring Independent School District trustees approved a pilot program that will drastically change the technology that high school students get their hands on this coming school year.

The four-year laptop program, in which computers were issued to every high school student, is over. In its place, the school district will experiment with a program that involves e-pads (similar in appearance to Apple iPads) and a mobile computer lab program known as Computers on Wheels.

The e-pads will be used in high school English classes this coming school year, while the COWs will be used by students on a rotating basis, Superintendent Steven Saldivar said.

The four-year laptop lease program expired this year, and officials decided it was too expensive to renew, Saldivar said.

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