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Winona State students to get free laptops and tablets

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WINONA, MN (WXOW) - Come this fall, every student at Winona State University will receive a free computer tablet.

It's all a part of the Digital Life and Learning Program which gives each incoming freshman a new laptop at the start of the school year.

Then again at the start of their junior year they receive another one.

They get to keep that laptop when they graduate.

And now they will also be getting tablets.

Currently about half the students have tablets already.

Kenneth Janz, Vice President of Academic affairs says with the tablets, some e-textbooks will be free, while the paper counterpart is not.

"Because if you use those open education resources they are free. My daughter goes to school and I had $700 of textbooks this last year. So any way we can help do that its an advantage."

The goal is within the next three years to have half of all textbooks be electronic.

Winona state is the first Midwest public university to give both a tablet and laptop to their students.

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