XO laptops not used very often

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A new study shows students in the Birmingham City School system who have low-cost laptops issued to them by the school district rarely use them.

Dr. Shelia Cotten, a researcher at UAB, says she has been studying the city's use of the XO laptops during the past two years. Her research has found only 20 percent of students use them frequently, and 20 percent of them never use them.

Dr. Cotten says there are two problems with the program.

"Teachers are incredibly busy and don't have time to learn a new technology, and they don't have lesson plans developed to use the X-O's," Cotten said.

Dr. Cotten said she is going to try and give teachers the training they need to use the laptops.

A spokesman for the Birmingham City Schools says superintendent Craig Witherspoon does not enough information about the laptops to draw up a plan for their use.

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