The nearly 10,000 HP mini-laptops headed for the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) in California this fall confirm the trend: K-12 schools are eager to put technology into the hands of every student, and a growing number of schools are bypassing full-sized--and more expensive--laptop computers in favor of scaled-down, low-cost machines designed specifically for kids.

Advocates of the trend say these "mini" notebook computers are the only genuinely affordable, and sustainable, one-to-one computing option for schools, especially now when weak property taxes and soaring fuel prices are putting the squeeze on school budgets from northern California to southern Florida, and all


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