Mayor Walsh was scheduled to be on hand at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan this morning to accept the city's first shipment of cloud-based laptops to be shared by students at BPS schools.
By the end of the school year in June, BPS expects to have received 10,000 of the low-cost laptops, which rely on Google applications accessed over the Internet. According to the mayor's office:
The devices will remain at the school in easily portable storage carts, but students will be able to save their work and then retrieve it on another computer while away from school by logging back into their Google accounts.
Among the first uses of the new laptops: Letting students at 70 schools take an online assessment designed to test their readiness for college.
BPS technicians have spent the past few months adding new wireless access points and other technology to deal with the demands of 10,000 new wireless devices.
The city will spend $3 million for the devices.