By Terence Lee, August 25, 2016
Following a successful roll out of a Refurbished Laptop STEM program at Sunday Friends, EqOpTech, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit company, is launching another tech initiative to benefit needy students or families at Santa Rita Elementary School.
Project-Based Collaborative Learning at Los Altos School District (LASD)
LASD has been preparing its students for 21st century project-based learning and collaboration using Google Docs and Edmodo. Working as a team, students are asked to share a Google Doc and perform research on a project together and review each other's work while providing online edits and receiving feedback from classmates and teacher. This collaborative environment aims at sharpening student's research and analytical skills as well as teamwork and project management experience expected of them in the real world. For this reason, it is essential that students have access to laptops both in class and at home.
Bridging the Learning Gap
The traditional classroom now transforms into a virtual classroom that extends learning beyond the physical classroom. This poses a learning challenge for the needed 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 classmates to prepare for classroom discussion. Overtime, students without laptop will be lagging behind their peers, learning at a slower pace.
Laptop Home Loan Program - Donate Now
EqOpTech is seeking functioning laptops (Windows & Mac) with appropriate power adapters on an ongoing basis. "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 redeployed to kids who do not have easy access to online educational content." Each laptop will be refurbished to its full functionality with operating system and removal of all personal data prior to redeployment.
To donate, please e-mail Donate@EqOpTech.org or call (650) 559-8338 to coordinate or drop off at collection box at the office, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Ave., Los Altos. Please disable any password prior to donating.
Thank you for supporting the Laptop Donation Program. Donations are tax-deductible. Tax receipt will be provided upon request and will be mailed directly from EqOpTech Inc.
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.