"Research has shown that in order to benefit from a one-to-one initiative, students need to have them available outside of the school day," says John Saecker, district technology coordinator for the Rosendale-Brandon Schools in Wisconsin. Which is why the decision was made—by a committee of students, teacher, parents, community members, school librarians, administrators and school board members—to lease approximately 320 Netbook computers for 24/7 use by students at the district's Laconia High School. The new program, launched this fall, is called Netbooks@Laconia.
The computers cost about $300 apiece. The students will pay annually for their share of the lease, which over four years will pay back much of the cost. Additionally, for $5 a year the students will have maintenance on the netbooks available to them. The initial funds for the program are coming primarily from federal stimulus dollars. Students who are eligible for the free and reduced lunch program will qualify for a free or reduced Netbook. Students who have their own laptop can use that instead.
According to the district web site: