• At tech-savvy DFW districts, netbooks are joining textbooks
    • Educators and school boards in North Texas are racing to equip their students with the essential tool of the 21st-century learner: laptop computers.
    • “We’re excited that other districts want to try this, because we feel this really is the wave of the future,” said Alice E. Owen, Irving’s executive director of technology. “If we all keep working on this, it will get better and better over time.”
    • The teens can use their Dell Latitude 2100 to access assignments, software and the Internet, but a filter prevents them from using certain social-networking sites at school, including Facebook, officials said.
    • Birdville schools are exploring the possibility of providing Apple laptop computers to students in grades 9 to 12.
    • The school board is expected to discuss the 1 to 1 Teaching and Learning Initiative proposal, a possible timetable and funding options for the program, which could cost $8.3 million, at a school board meeting tonight, said Lane Ledbetter, Birdville’s associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
    • The Keller district is testing a program at four schools this year in which students are using netbooks, iPod Touches, iPod Nanos and Macbook laptops, and officials are looking at the possibility of allowing students to bring their own laptops to school, said Joe Griffin, Keller schools’ executive director of technology.
    • “As soon as my kids come home, they have their laptops on and cellphones in their hands, and they’re working. They don’t have that same ability at school.”

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