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10 schools to get computers under lease agreement

Original post made on Jul 27, 2009

Four hundred MacBooks should be in place at district schools by the start of classes, thanks to a new lease program approved by trustees at a special meeting last week. About 80 percent of the cost will come from parent donations and the rest will be paid by Title I and categorical funds.

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Posted by Alamo parent
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

What were the criteria for a school receiving the Macbooks? I noticed right away that Stone Valley Middle School was not on the list.

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Posted by SRV student
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 6, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I know that the high schools could use some laptops...

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Posted by Past SRV student
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Aug 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The idea of laptops in the classrooms sounds great but in practice it seems more like a waste of funds. I helped the IT staff for several semesters at SRVHS and saw how the carts of laptops we had diminished in quality and quantity. As a freshman the school had close to 40 laptops, by junior year there were maybe 20 left that worked and weren't stolen or destroyed.

Laptops are still more delicate than the desktops used in the computer labs. Putting laptops in carts and bouncing them through the halls wears them out faster. Kids or their parents didn't directly pay for the computer so they're more likely to abuse them. Drawing on the cases, breaking the screens, popping keyboards apart were all things I saw with the SRVHS laptops.

I hope they at least purchased the AppleCare warranty service with these new computers. SR didn't have spare laptop parts laying around like we did for desktops, so when one of the mobile lab computers broke, we had to send it in and pay for service. When the part that broke was too expensive to replace (as the warranty was expired), the mobile lab had one less computer and the junk room had one more.

And I won't even get into how a day with the mobile lab in class meant doing anything but what the teacher expected students to do...

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