HP made an announcement yesterday at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) that the Fresno, California, United School District is working on deploying over 7,000 8.9-inch HP 2133 Mini-Note PCs to students in kindergarten all the way through the 12th grade.
The chief technology officer of the Fresno United School District said:
â€œThe HP Mini-Note is a powerful laptop that is small enough to fit on studentsâ€™ desks along with their textbooks and papers, allowing them access to the Internet and educational content from around the world without leaving their seats…”
While it’s great to see netbooks reaching a younger audience, kindergarten and up through the third or fourth grade, it seems like it would be more of a distraction than a tool. That’s just my opinion though. We’ll have to wait and see how it works out.