[caption id="attachment_31519" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Access to technology is a critical issue in schools."]Access to technology is a critical issue in schools.[/caption]

A plan to give free laptops to pupils from poor backgrounds is being rolled out to 270,000 families in England, reports the BBC. The 300 million-pound ($362 million) Home Access plan, first announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2008, has been piloted in two local areas. It will allow some of the most needy children to apply for a grant for a free laptop and broadband connection. It aims to help...

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