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Palm Springs Unified will give graduates a free Chromebook or tablet

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Seniors graduating from the Palm Springs Unified School District will receive a special leaving gift — a free refurbished Chromebook or, perhaps, a Google tablet or iPad.

All of the approximately 1,600 graduates in the district will have the opportunity to claim a device through their high school. The devices are on average more than five years old and no longer support the software the district needs to administer tests and other academic applications. But after refurbishment, they are functional for many tasks such as web browsing and word processing which can help students in their freshman year of college or a job search.

Will Carr, the district’s chief technology officer, called the initiative a “win-win” because it can help students and families who need an internet-enabled device, and it’s also a more sustainable approach to end-of-life devices.

Carr said obsolete devices would otherwise be recycled and salvaged for parts.

“So we’re giving them a second life, which is pretty cool,” he said.

The district plans to continue this program beyond this year, so younger PSUSD students can consider this another graduation benefit they can look forward to.

Jonathan Horwitz covers education for The Desert Sun. Contact him at [email protected] or @Writes_Jonathan.