Laptops given to all Edgecombe County students

Posted January 24, 2009

Edgecombe County Public Schools were distributing laptops to all 2,100 high-school students Saturday, school officials said.

The school system has launched its 1:1 Laptop program to allow teachers to use high-tech instructional methods. Approximately 400 high-school teachers received laptops in August and spent the fall semester training in how best to use them in the classroom.

Students – accompanied by a parent – were getting Dell laptops at North Edgecombe, Tarboro and Southwest Edgecombe high schools Saturday. The Edgecombe Early College High School got its laptops in spring 2008.

The 1:1 Laptop program was partially funded by grants from the Golden LEAF Foundation, SAS Institute, Inc., and the North Carolina General Assembly.

The school system is working to establish Internet hot-spots throughout the county for students who don't have Internet access at home, according to the school system's Web site. Some online homework assignments can be downloaded and brought home.

The school system will collect the laptops at the end of the school year and update them over the summer. Filters will be put in place to monitor students' use of the Internet.


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  • NCPictures Jan 27, 2009

    When kids are given things.. they become to expect more things (for free). If they WORK for things, they appreciate them more.

    Instead of GIVING them laptops, why dont they have to WORK for them? You know.... like real life and all?

    For example, they have to put in X amount of hours of community service. Talk about a missed learning opportunity.....

  • woodrowboyd2 Jan 27, 2009

    what is a grant,where does it come from,how is the money generated
    somebody paid it
    so wasnt it a taxpayer

  • brassy Jan 27, 2009

    While I see where it's helpful for children to learn to use a computer, this seems a bit excess. Besides, how are they ever going to master handwriting if they're always typing?

  • maddiesmom972 Jan 27, 2009

    Oh, it can be constantly monitored by the shcool as far as content of IChats or emails etc....

  • maddiesmom972 Jan 27, 2009

    Actually, our Greene County Middle School and High School are part of a smilar program. Our grant is through Apple. I paid insurance on the computer for the lenght of the school year. There is no widespread misuse of the equipment and Snow Hill is a realtively wireless commnity...McDonalds, Bojangles, downtown...the Primary School area...The kids have a BlackBoard type feature where they pick up assignments etc...They also receive cases that are VERY study...

    Our kids seem to love it. Apple has a lot of cool features...and it is a great learning tool. And ITS A GRANT...not taxpayer money.

  • hdsoftail Jan 27, 2009

    Man i hope my tax dollars had nothing to do with this. I think a few students may benefit but look out e-bay.

  • Travised Jan 27, 2009

    They have done this elsewhere. The SCHOOL is the owner of the computer. The issues with using it off campus are battery life. Students are responsable for the equiptment. Your battery will not last all day unless you have a secondary pack. If they let kids take it home on weekends they need to hold them at fault if any damage occurs.

    The problem is students won't give a darn, it was not their money that bought the hardware. They need to be kept at fault if any damage is done to them. In one school year there should be very little physical damage to it. The district should install anti-virus to help prevent that from getting on. If they set it up as the district as "supervisor" account ant the students only have user/guest level so they can't damage the settings or reformat that will help the district.

  • validpoint Jan 27, 2009

    These kids can't handle the responsibility of a laptop. My son goes to Hunt and they have laptops. Most of these computers are not properly taken care of. My son also says that they never use the computers in class. So my question is, what's the point? So the kids will have something to play games and go on Myspace?

  • JaySee Jan 27, 2009


    This is the lamest excuse I have ever seen to justify an expense of the taxpayers. I don't even own a laptop. They are not needed to get an education. Where is this country heading when they do this type of thing without blinking an eye. Pure and simple, a taxpayer rip-off.

  • Titus Pullo Jan 26, 2009

    They have got to be kidding, right? This cannot be true. What a massive boondoggle. OMG!