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Providence Journal Staff Writer



In growing numbers, Rhode Island schools are moving away from paper and pencil to laptops, from books and notepads to the “cloud.”

Coventry has just purchased 2,700 Chromebooks, a Google-based laptop, one for every student in grades 6 through 12.

Chariho, a regional school district, has handed out about 1,100 MacBook Air laptops to each of its high school students.

Cumberland has acquired 1,132 Chromebooks for its middle-school students.

And West Warwick is buying almost 3,500 Chromebooks, one for every student, a project that began last year.

“Kids use technology,” said Coventry Supt. Michael Almeida. “What we did in the past is tell them to shut [their devices] down. We stopped them from learning the way they learn. But when they go to college, the workplace or the military, they will have technology at their fingertips.

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