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Small size, small price, big impact

Oct 08, 2009, 21:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Cole)

"Netbooks at APS run on Linux Ubuntu, which is a free, open-source operating system distributed on the Internet. That helps keep costs down, Duran said, and the district mainly uses web applications that are freely distributed and require no licensing fees.

"Several computermakers like Dell, Asus and Lenovo have tailored specific lines to compete for the coveted technology cash that districts have come into recently.

"Many districts, including APS and CCSD, have used Title I stimulus funding to finance the purchase of the many of their netbooks.

"The one-time cash allows many districts to afford the purchase and widely distribute computers among students. Efforts to pair each student with a computer, called “one to one,” have gained attention. And Duran said that APS used a model developed in part by a small school district in Nebraska, which handed out a netbook to every one of their 50 incoming freshmen students."

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