Nearly a month into a revolutionary experiment in 21st-century education, students and teachers at Arizona's Empire High School say they don't seem to miss toting textbooks around.

When the school issued iBooks--laptop computers from Apple Computer Inc.--to each of its 340 students at the start of classes July 22, it became one of the first public bricks-and-mortar schools in the United States to shun printed textbooks.

School officials believe the electronic materials will get students more engaged in learning. Empire High, which opened its doors to students for the first time last month, was designed specifically to have a textbook-free


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