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Norway is testing out a program to distribute laptops to all secondary students. Nord-Trondelag county is acting as the guinea pig in the trial, where a government-issued computer has been given to every 16-19 year old. These computers are designed to be used solely for schoolwork, and to act as sophisticated test-taking machines. Big-brotherish monitoring software is installed on all the laptops to ensure no cheating takes place - spellcheck is as much help as they’re allowed.

Good Magazine also has a great in-depth article about laptops in schools here.

[BBC via Engadget]

[image credit: Corey Arnold for Good Magazine]