Cranston has become the first public library in the state to offer its patrons the use of a 3D printer. The printer turns digital images into objects made of plastic. The machine cost about three thousand dollars but will be free to the public to use.
Cranston library director Ed Garcia says training sessions are filling up fast.
Online learning is a tool in many Rhode Island classrooms. But a charter school opening next fall in Providence takes high tech to a whole new level.
The Village Green Charter School bills itself as Rhode Island’s first virtual learning school. The high school will be located in Providence, near Classical High. Students will spend 60 percent of their time online or in small groups; 40 percent in traditional classroom time. School superintendent Robert Pilkington says applications for the 9th and 10th grade are pouring in.
While schools around the state look for ways to increase their use of technology, some parents are paying thousands of dollars to send their children to a private school with no computers in the classroom at all.