In some Texas schools, netbook computers are being issued

Educators and school boards in North Texas are racing to equip their students with the essential tool of the 21st-century learner: laptop computers.

North Texas administrators from Grapevine to Trophy Club are embracing the idea of "1-to-1" education, or one laptop/one child. Computers with Internet capabilities would be provided to students to use in class or at home for homework and round-the-clock research.

Irving schools and the Northwest school district were among the first in the area to embrace the technology.

"We're excited that other districts want to try this, because we feel this really is the wave of the future," said Alice E. Owen, Irving's executive director of technology. "If we all keep working on this, it will get better and better over time."

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