The Anchorage Daily News reports that at Wendler Middle School, Sixty seventh-graders have received free-to-use laptops. While the students can’t take the laptops home, they can take them into classes, use them for taking notes, and access wireless internet to assist with assignments. The theory underpinning the initiative is that if children have constant access to technology, they will read more often, learn better, and have fun while doing it. Wendler is one of 48 schools in Alaska trying this new approach. While it is too soon to determine if the program will make a real difference, for now, students seem very excited about the program, and teachers are enthusiastic. Equipping middle-school students with laptops isn’t a new strategy. The idea got a significant boost in 2002, when all middle school students and teachers in Maine received laptops via the One-to-One program by Apple. A study of the first two years of this program has shown promising results. Four of five teachers said that students were “more tuned in, did better on work, and were more prepared for state tests.” …