Do students need computers to do well in school? Some still say no, arguing that children in the 80s and 90s did just fine without today's fancy shmancy technology. But I disagree with that notion. (And so do Google and DonorsChoose.org.)
I was in high school about a decade ago (yikes!), and even back then, students whose families didn't own a computer were at a big disadvantage. If they needed to work on an essay or research paper outside of class, for example, they had to fight for a PC in the library. If they were out sick with the flu, teachers had no quick way to fill them in on missing assignments. If they had questions, they had to wait until Monday to get an answer. I could go on and on.
The point is it never really seemed fair. And for students in today's high-tech world, not owning a computer has got to be even more difficult.
That's why I commend what Google and DonorsChoose.org are doing for teachers and schools across the United States. According to Tech Crunch, the collaboration will make it possible for educators to request Samsung Series 5 Chromebooks for just $99! For a personal computer that's usually priced at $399, that's an incredible deal.
How does it work? Tech Crunch reports: "Teachers can post their requests for up to 30 Chromebooks on DonorsChoose.org, anybody can make a donation and once they achieve their funding goals, Google’s partner Lakeshore Learning will send the Chromebooks." Nice -- I love this promotional idea!
Unfortunately, as of this writing, DonorsChoose.org is not accepting any additional submissions. (They've "seen a tremendous response to this offer." Are you really surprised?) But if I were you, I'd still add my email address here to receive updates on the program.