When Baltimore County schools reopen their classrooms to students in August, the district is expected to be the only one in the region with wireless high-speed internet access in each of its buildings, the Baltimore Sun reports. The development would be the realization of a goal for district-wide connectivity set by Joe A. Hairston when he became county schools superintendent nearly a decade ago. "This is an important and exciting step in our ongoing commitment to provide schools with access to the type of technology that is available in our businesses and homes," Hairston said in a recent e-mail. "Anytime-, anywhere- access to our Baltimore County Public Schools network and to the internet gives teachers the capability to better integrate technology directly into classroom instruction. It also provides schools the opportunity to introduce mobile computing, giving teachers and principals greater flexibility in scheduling classes as well as managing classroom space. " The move was prompted by the growing number of laptops in use in the county’s 171 schools and centers and the increasing use of digital media-based instructional tools, along with the high costs associated with cabling and installation of wired networks, according to school officials. In addition, schools will be able to make greater use of video learning programs. Baltimore County appears to be the only school system in the region that anticipates being fully wireless by the coming school year, but others, including Carroll and Howard counties, are looking into it…

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