CASPER - The Natrona County School District will provide MacBook laptops for all 200 or so freshmen at Kelly Walsh High School next year.
It's a continuation of a program that began last school year at Frontier Middle School, where students put laptops to use for nearly every type of lesson.
Students had to take good care of the laptops or face paying up to $100.
Although the program began with Frontier Middle School, Kelly Walsh freshmen from other middle schools will also get laptops. School officials expect them to pick up the skills they need quickly and said they might pair off students so they can share skills and ideas.
Meanwhile, Kelly Walsh teachers have begun learning about the laptops. Assistant principal Donelle Lowham said some teachers will probably catch on sooner than others, but all of them have plenty of time before next school year.
"None of them have said 'no,'" she said. "They wanted more information. Some of them felt they do not have 100 percent of the skills they want to have in front of the class."
The program costs about $1,300 per student. The school district and an independent research group are evaluating the program to see if it should be broadened even more.