More high school students to receive laptop computers

More high school students to receive laptop computers
South Dakota's Classroom Connections laptop project is expanding. Twenty-one new school districts have been selected to participate in the program, which means 4,600 additional students will receive laptops at the start of the 2007-08 school year.

That brings the total number of high school students with laptops to 9,600 in 41 districts across the state.

Part of the governor's 2010 Education Initiative, Classroom Connections provides incentive money to districts to purchase laptops for their high school students. The state provides matching funds – $1 for every $2 invested by the local school district – to purchase laptops for every student in grades 9-12.

Districts pay $1,207 per laptop, or $1,335 for tablets. That cost not only covers the initial investment of hardware, software and warranties, it also covers the training of teachers and technology coordinators in the schools.

South Dakota's Classroom Connections Pilot Schools, 2nd Year: 2007-08

Conde (21 students); Doland (43 students); Elk Point-Jefferson (241 students); Estelline (100 students) ; Eureka (72 students); Gettysburg (105 students); Huron (720 students); Lead-Deadwood (275 students); Madison Central (397 students); McCook Central (165 students); Menno (77 students); Miller (171 students); Parker (125 students); Parkston (218 students); Pierre (907 students); Platte (150 students); TriValley (274 students); Viborg (95 students) Wall (110 students); Warner (80 students); and Winner (285 students).

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