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NCIP Staff, 1994

As part of Project PULSE (Pupils Using Laptops for Science and English, sponsored by the Center for Technology in Education), a group of students at the Abraham Clark Junior/Senior High School in Roselle, New Jersey, were given laptops to use for the entire school year.

Before receiving their computer, students signed an agreement outlining their responsibilities for the laptop's safety. Teachers also provided students with a schedule detailing what should be done with the computer during each part of the day, as well as a list of places that were off-limits to laptops (including the cafeteria and the gym). A lockable closet was provided for times when students needed a safe place to leave the computer. As students became more adept at negotiating school with a laptop in tow, policies became more flexible.

Students were urged to keep their laptop batteries charged. For times when batteries unexpectedly ran down, power strips were installed in classrooms where computers were used most. When computers malfunctioned, extras were available as short-term backups.


(See also Project PULSE in the NCIP Library Laptops Collection)

"Year One of Project PULSE: Pupils Using Laptops in Science and English," written in 1993 by K. McMillan and M. Honey in volume 26 of Technical Report, a publication of the Center for Technology in Education, Education Development Center, Inc.

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