By Terence Lee
Following a successful roll out of Refurbished Laptop Home Loan/Usage Program at Santa Rita, Egan, Almond and Blach schools in Los Altos, EqOpTech, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is expanding its tech outreach to Monta Loma School (Mountain View-Whisman school district) to benefit students without laptops.
BRIDGING THE DIGITAL EDUCATION DIVIDE
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. 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.
Students without laptop access outside of class are at a significant disadvantage. 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.
MONTA LOMA LAPTOP HOME USAGE 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 redeployment.
"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 redeployed to kids who do not have easy access to Google Drive and other cloud-based applications."
To donate, please drop off at collection box at the office, Monta Loma School, 460 Thompson Ave, Mountain View, between May 15 to 26. Please disable any password prior to donating. If you wish to donate outside of this window, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Donations are tax-deductible. Tax receipt will be provided upon request and will be mailed directly from EqOpTech Inc.
SUMMER LAPTOP REFURBISHING WORKSHOPS
A series of laptop refurbishing workshops will be hosted locally over the summer where the EqOpTech technical team will teach students basic PC refurbishing skills (Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromium) such as removal of personal data, restore to factory settings, install drivers, maintenance; operating system & software installation, partition hard drive and dual boot, upgrade and repair; and security etc. This event is open to students who have an interest in technology and want to give back to the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
This project is funded in part by a community grant award from Los Altos Community Foundation, thank you LACF!
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TECHNOLOGY
About 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.