Pennsylvania High School Rolls Out 1,700 Linux Laptops to Students

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Penn Manor High School students in Lancaster, Pa. are now equipped with Acer TravelMate laptops. pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10. EdSurge is calling it the “largest non-iPad rollout you’ve ever heard of.” Charlie Reisinger, the district’s technology director, says going with Linux was in effort to get students to explore what makes computer systems tick. Students of Penn Manor will take part in “tech camps” that help facilitate the rollout through training sessions and support.

In addition, using open source software has it’s monetary benefits. Reisinger estimates the district will save at least $360,000 in licensing fees for the high school’s 1-to-1 program alone.

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.