Maine School District, a district that has been plagued by computer issues for decades, will start accepting laptops for use as classrooms in 2018.
The district will allow students to take a laptop as a teaching aid and will not require students to use the computer for classroom work.
“We are committed to teaching in a digital environment where students will be learning how to use their computers and work collaboratively on projects,” Principal Mark DeWitt said in a statement.
“The decision was not made to allow laptops as an optional feature for use in classrooms.”
DeWitt made the announcement on Twitter.
“In our district we have been struggling with laptops for years.
We’re now ready to welcome the use of laptops as a tool for our students,” he said.
“Students will have access to the best teachers in the country and we’ll be more focused on teaching them how to be productive and creative instead of working from home.”
Maine School Superintendent Jason G. Jones told The Associated Press that students will use their laptops as they would their phones, with no need for any kind of “paging.”
“Students will continue to use laptops in class, on the computer and with our iPads as needed,” he added.
“We will not need laptops for anything.”
Jones also noted that students who want to work from home will be able to work on projects from their laptops.
He said that the district will have an open enrollment program that allows students to enroll in classes they want.
“The district is committed to keeping students engaged in learning, learning, and learning in every way possible,” Jones said in the statement.
The AP’s report also reported that students and teachers will not be required to take time off from school in 2018 because of the new policy.
The school system has been struggling to keep up with the growth of the tech industry, and the district was forced to cut classes to meet the needs of a rising number of students who have dropped out of school.