> We are toying with the idea of collaborating with
> a local bank to offer low (or no) interest loans
> for the purchase of specific laptops for our students.
> Has anyone tried something like this? Any advise?
This could be WAY EXCITING !
Quoting Vince Rossano <[log in to unmask]>:
> The reality is, of course, that when a kid shows up in tears
> because his laptop has become comatose and he needs it for a
> presentation next period, you probably aren't going to send
> him away. These machines will undoubtably add to your
> support load, but at least, if start by saying no, they
> won't feel that it's their right to have you provide
Yes, the computers will increase your support needs.
THEREFORE plan for that ...
- the local bank may not be the only partner you need
- you will want to offer training to faculty, staff, students,
and their family. The first people you will want to
train are the school board members and the supervisory
and local principal, their offices, their staff, etc.
- you may want to set up a "drop in fix it center" --
perhaps with a "computer club."
- you may want to limit the computers that are actually
- you may want to set up a cyber cafe and garage next
to the library and have it open in the evening
The closest thing I've heard like this is a program
in Brooklyn where there was a grant to give a comptuer
to every parent ... "can we involve parents in the
school". The first thing that happened is that the
"What did you do in school today?" question got turned
in the "Show me what you learned today ... and help
me get it on my computer !" The school kids became,
at some level, "community change agents."
Let me see if I can find this on google or through
some of the coe people at uvm ...
GO FOR IT !