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Project Laptop: Achieving Equity and Access to Technology in a Public High School
The goal of Project Laptop at Summit High School is tocreate systemic change in education by ensuring equity and access to computer technology for every student and teacher, at school and at home, and to provide comprehensive teacher training for the successful implementation of technology in education.
Summit is an ethnically diverse small city of 20,000. Placing a high value on superior public education, the Summit Public Schools truly represent a microcosm of our nation. Thirty-nine different languages are spoken at home by students and their families. Summit High School, with a culturally and economically diverse student population of 700 and a tradition of academic excellence, is an ideal setting for Project Laptop.
SCOPE OF PROGRAM
The presence of technology in schools does not necessarily mean equitable access for all teachers to acquire or practice teaching skills using these innovative tools; and rarely, if at all, does it mean equitable access to technology for all students. Project Laptop seeks to address both issues.
Critical to Project Laptop is the teacher training in the use of computer technology as a tool. Faculty at SHS are provided an intensive three day, paid workshop that covers use of the laptop and word processing, use of the Internet as a resource tool, and mastery of presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint) and content related software. In addition, a cadre of experienced teachers attend the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) training to understand the integration of software in the classroom. This core group of peer mentors is available to provide ongoing support to their colleagues.
FINDINGS AND OUTCOMES
Teachers' attitudes and beliefs about the importance of technology as a tool for teaching and learning have begun to change. Teachers recognize that technology "belongs" in education and are using this tool in the teaching/learning process. They have moved along a continuum from awareness to application and integration.
New, and improved, skills for both teachers and students. Teachers use the presentation software to make class lectures more engaging and in turn teach students how to make effective use of presentation software for their oral presentations.
Classes benefit from shared information and the use of non-traditional sources of learning In Spanish classes, Spanish language newspapers are downloaded daily for students to read and discuss.
The Mayor's Partnership for Technology is demonstrating how a public/private collaboration can provide rare educational "R&D" in a world of shrinking tax-based resources. Project Laptop is a model for replication throughout the United States.
Upon request, the Mayor's Partnership for Technology is available to provide consultation services to public and private schools, and cities and towns which have an interest in developing a public/private partnership.
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