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By Emily Greenhalgh
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PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education has selected Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW-G to transform schools across the state into “modern classroom,” according to a CDW-G release.
Starting this fall, schools across the Ocean State will be able to select a comprehensive technology package for students and teachers. The package includes Lenovo laptops, software from Microsoft and Dkynow, wireless access and professional development.
According to CDW-G, schools will be able to select additional classroom technology tools from the company’s full catalog.
“The goal of the program is to promote educational equity and improve classroom engagement by giving students and educators ready access to technology and resources, regardless of grade level or subject area,” said a company release.
The technology initiative in the Ocean State mirrors efforts across the country. CDW-G cited a recent report – Learn Now, Lecture Later – that says students and teachers are using more technology, including laptops, digital content and smartphones, to teach and learn compared to two years ago.
“As we continue to explore opportunities to transform education in Rhode Island through the use of technology, we are committed to providing students and teachers with the tools and resources they need to use technology effectively in the classroom,” David V. Abbott, deputy commissioner of Rhode Island’s elementary and secondary education, said in prepared remarks.
“We are pleased to have signed an agreement with CDW-G, which will provide Rhode Island schools with an all-inclusive technology package at a competitive price,” added Abbott. “We look forward to helping innovation through technology take shape in schools and classrooms across the state.”