The Boston Globe's Newspaper In Education Program Launches Digital Pilot
<p><em>The Boston Globe's</em> longstanding Newspaper In Education (NIE) program is launching a digital pilot program that is putting iPads - as well as digital subscriptions to BostonGlobe.com - into public school classrooms in Boston and Stoneham.
The pilot program is using $65,000 of vacation donation funds from Globe subscribers to pay for 75 iPads and projectors-50 in the Boston Public Schools and 25 in Stoneham High School. Digital subscriptions to BostonGlobe.com will accompany the iPads in each classroom, and teachers will be given an onsite tutorial. The program will run through the spring semester, then will be evaluated through teacher focus groups.
Traditionally, NIE has distributed a mix of print copies and digital content, using subscriber vacation donations. So far, there have been about 400 orders from teachers, encompassing 2,600 print copies and 2,400 digital subscriptions. Demand for the program, which serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade, often exceeds the donations available.