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Rochester Public Schools technology upgrade

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Rochester Public Schools is investing millions in new computers, and if your child attends classes at RPS, chances are they're using a new computer this year.

This summer the district updated about 40 percent of its total computers.

The Rochester School Board heard its annual update on the district's technology plan, and this year was a big year for new computers.

The district replaced about 4,000 computers over the summer for a total of nearly $4 million. The new computers are spread at schools across the district. 20 percent of those new computers are portable -- either laptops or tablets.

Officials say that number could grow in future technology upgrades but the district still has a use for desktop computers.

"We have so many curriculum applications, and we do a lot with or labs." said Technology Coordinator Sarah Dudas. "So we wanted to make sure we kept our computer labs intact, both for curriculum and we do a lot of online testing. When those take place it's really helpful if you can have a lab."

The district also upgraded LCD projectors, technology for the Deaf and Hard of hearing and wireless capacity with a portion of that $4 million.

Right now there are about 7,000 computers and 3,000 iPads in the district.

All of the elementary schools have iPads, and some, like Longfellow, have one for each student.

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