A plan to put laptops in the hands of every Pennsylvania high school student is making students more engaged in class but favors richer schools, educators and school advocates told state lawmakers Tuesday.

The first study of Pennsylvania’s laptop program, initiated by Gov. Ed Rendell in the 2006-07 school year, found that participating classes spent more time on ‘real-world’ topics and hands-on projects and that students spent less time ‘off-task.’

The 77-page study, conducted by Penn State University researchers and released by Rendell’s office on Monday, also reported that teachers spent less time on lectures and more time working with students in small groups.

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