Speaker: Support laptop program

TUPELO – The founder and director of the National Center for Technology Planning said Tuesday that the Tupelo School District needs the community’s support as it implements its new laptop initiative.
“I believe all of us in Tupelo have a responsibility to help,” Larry Anderson said Tuesday at the monthly Networking at Noon event. Anderson is an Apple Distinguished Educator and the founder of the Tupelo-based center that serves as a clearinghouse of ideas for technology planning.
After speaking to the audience at the BancorpSouth Conference Center, Anderson said he would like to see more businesses and churches install open wireless networks that students can use.
The school district has supplied laptops to all sixth- to 12th-grade students for the first time this year.
Anderson said community members also can help by making their expertise available to schools and students.
“I think this community not only has a responsibility but a tremendous opportunity to say, ‘How can I help?’” he said.
During his remarks, Anderson noted how much the sheer volume of global information has grown recently. He said it will be more valuable that today’s students know how to find that information than to be able to memorize a series of facts.
“I have no way of expressing how proud I am of the visionary, bold leadership the school district is showing on so many levels,” Anderson said.
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