Starting in late August, all students in grades 5-12 in the Owensboro school system will get laptop computers. The school system purchased 2,200 of the Apple Macbook Air laptops. Each cost about $1,000, according to a published report in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.
An official with Apple computer told the school system it's the first in the nation to use this laptop model for these grade levels, Messenger-Inquirer reporter Dariush Shafa wrote.
Training sessions for parents covering technical issues will also be held, the paper reported.
The school system is also buying special backpacks for carrying the computers meaning parents won't have to buy new backpacks for the coming school year.