When used right, it can create an immersive, engaging experience for students. It challenges children to think critically and to solve problems in new and innovative ways. It connects them with the most current information and interactive learning programs available, and it nurtures a more social and collaborative classroom environment.
The use of technology also helps children develop the computing skills and tech savvy that will set them on a successful path throughout their academic and professional careers.
However, most schools face a major barrier to integrating technology into student learning – and it's not from a lack of innovative ideas or proving its value. It's a matter of dollars and cents.
School boards across North America face a budget crunch to keep up with basic infrastructure demands and supplies for teachers. Most schools rely heavily on local fundraising, particularly through parents, to fill in funding gaps. This places schools in low-income neighborhoods at a particular disadvantage, as their fundraising tends to yield far less than schools in more affluent areas. These same families are far less likely to have a computer or Internet access at home, too.
As a result, the quality of education is not meeting the needs or expectations of parents and teachers, and technology is not getting into the hands of the students who need it the most.
Through the IT solutions we've delivered to our educational clients, Softchoice and Lenovo have seen firsthand the positive impact technology can have on student engagement and achievement. Together, we are seeking to bridge the digital divide and empower more kids to succeed through the use of technology.
POWER UP: Technology Grants for Schools in Need provides access to technology to enhance learning for elementary and middle school students in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Our goal is to create opportunities for learning and personal advancement so that people of all walks can achieve their full potential.
On December 1, 2016, Softchoice and Lenovo awarded $10,000 classroom technology grants to seven elementary and middle schools from Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal.
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Softchoice's share of the POWER UP funds were raised and donated by its employees through Softchoice Cares fundraisers. Learn more about Softchoice Cares at www.softchoice.com/softchoicecares.