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Granville school passes out laptops to every student

Posted August 11, 2010

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— More than 900 students attend South Granville High School, and this year, each of them will have his or her own laptop.

With financial help from private companies and Golden LEAF, an economic development foundation in Rocky Mount, Granville County Schools officials said they were able to spend "hundreds of thousands of dollars" on an effort to upgrade technology-based learning.

"We wanted to give every child in this high school, grades nine through 12, instant access to information when they needed it," said Vanessa Wrenn, the school district's director of instructional technology.

With the laptops, students will be able to podcast and communicate with anyone in the world through Skype, officials said. Students will not be able to use the computers for social networking sites, however.

"The old model of rows of desks and a teacher at the center of the classroom is really a way of the past," district spokesman Stan Winborne said.

South Granville High computers South Granville High passes out computers to students

Parents pay a $25 insurance fee for the laptops, and students are required to return the computers to the district once they graduate so they can be passed to other students.

"I think it's cool to get your own laptop for four years," student William Hunt said.

"Who doesn't want another computer in the house? That's great," said Cherie von Moos, whose daughter is starting her freshman year at South Granville High.

District officials said their goal is to expand the laptop program to every school in the district.

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  • smithashlyn777 Aug 13, 2010

    I attend South Granville High School. This past school year we had to turn our laptops in over the summer. One teacher told our class if we did not have internet access at home, you could sit in the parking lot, go to McDonalds, there are several free wi-fi places you can go in Granville county.

  • outback1967 Aug 13, 2010

    "I want to see any computer that's not obsolete in 4 years. I'd also like to know why they're issuing Macs instead of PC's. You can generally buy 2-3 pc based laptops for the price of one Mac...unless Steve Jobs gave them a heckuva deal??"
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    Man when something good happens people like you just stir up stuff. Be happy for the kids and shut up!

  • Vietnam Vet Aug 12, 2010

    I want to see any computer that's not obsolete in 4 years. I'd also like to know why they're issuing Macs instead of PC's. You can generally buy 2-3 pc based laptops for the price of one Mac...unless Steve Jobs gave them a heckuva deal??

  • babsd24 Aug 12, 2010

    I think this is wonderful. My concern is that there are parents out there that can't even afford the $25.00 insurance fee due to the economy right now. How will all these kids get Internet access again this is an added cost to the famlies. Don't get me wrong in what I am asking. I just know that some families can afford the insurance and the Internet service while others can't and here we again have those that won't benefit at all and it is sad.

  • josephlawrence43 Aug 12, 2010

    Actually not a bad idea. The state dpi strongly encourages schools and teachers to use as much technology as possible in the classrooms--laptops--however short their shelf life--are a good start. I taught in a middle school in which parents were able to rent a laptop at a modest monthly fee-and when the students left middle school and moved to high school--they took the laptop with them.

  • capitalland Aug 11, 2010

    I want to see a laptop that lasts 4 years.

  • scorekeep Aug 11, 2010

    Interesting, a foundation from Rocky Mount helps pay for the computers but no school in RM has this program.