HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A western Maryland school district is considering assigning laptop computers or tablets to virtually all its more than 22,000 students.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reported Monday on the initiative pitched by Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Clayton Wilcox. The school board will hear more details Tuesday.

Wilcox says leasing the machines would cost the district about $3.5 million a year after a three-year phase-in starting next fall.

Several schools in the district already provide iPads to at least some of their students.

Wilcox has been a proponent of digital learning since he became superintendent in 2011. He says technology can keep students interested in learning and better prepare them for careers.
Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., http://www.herald-mail.com

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