By Terence Lee, November 15, 2016
Following a successful first-phase roll out of a Refurbished Laptop Program at Santa Rita Elementary School, EqOpTech, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company, is launching another tech initiative to benefit students at Egan Junior High School.
Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and the Real World
The 21st century project-based learning is the future of education. Egan Junior High School uses innovative learning strategies to enable students to become creative problem-solvers and collaborative learners. Project-based learning connects classroom learning to solving real-life problems. Students are coached to research, investigate, collaborate, design solutions and present findings to a real-world challenge. This problem-based and collaborative environment aims at sharpening student's critical thinking, problem solving skills as well as teamwork and project management experience expected of them in the real world.
Learning Infused with Technology
Technology is deeply integrated into project-based learning; students are expected to learn and leverage technology tools, from online research, collaboration using google hangouts or google docs to shooting video, iMovies for TED talks. Likewise, teachers use tools like Edmodo, Membean and other Google tools to foster collaboration and student engagement.
Learning inside and outside of classroom
The traditional classroom now transforms into a virtual classroom that extends learning beyond the physical classroom. This poses a learning challenge for students who do not have laptops at home. Not only are these students unable to access online research at home, but they also cannot collaborate real-time with teammates to complete project-based and online assignments.
Laptop Home Loan Program - Donate Now
EqOpTech is seeking functioning laptops (Windows & Mac) with appropriate power adapters on an ongoing basis. Each laptop will be refurbished to its full functionality with operating system and removal of all personal data prior to deployment.
"Our goal is to promote equal opportunity learning through technology tools," according to Terence Lee, CEO and Founder of EqOpTech. "All donated laptops will be refurbished and deployed to students who do not have laptops to access online tools to complete projects and homework assignments."
To donate, please drop off at collection box at the office, Egan Junior High School, 100 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos or e-mail Donate@EqOpTech.org or call (650) 559-8338 to coordinate. Please disable any password prior to donating.
Donations are tax-deductible. Tax receipt will be provided upon request and will be mailed directly from EqOpTech Inc. Thank you for supporting the Laptop Donation Program.
Equal Opportunity Technology
Founded in May 2016, EqOpTech is a 501(c)(3) IRS-designated tax exempt nonprofit organization managed by students. EqOpTech promotes and enables equal opportunity free access to technology for computer learning and STEM education in under-served communities.