Puesta del Sol Elementary School will soon be equipped with new Chromebooks this school year as the result of a new Cable ONE initiative designed to improve student access to technology in Title I schools.
Cable ONE Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Steve Fox said that access to technology in schools is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, and that donating Chromebooks to Title I schools will help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
“While many school systems are taking big steps and working to give every student and every teacher access to the technology and tools they need to learn, not all schools have access to funding to support this effort,” Fox said. “Because we believe so strongly in improving education through the use of technology, we want to do our part to support the communities where we live and work.”
Puesta del Sol Elementary School Principal Bryan Garcia said that due to increased testing requirements from the state and federal government, the demand for technology in schools has never been greater.
“We’re finding ourselves in a catch 22 situation. Our available technology is needed for testing, so giving our students access to technology to learn the skills that will equip them is severely limited,” Garcia said. “Students will now have the opportunity to utilize the Cable ONE Chromebooks to manipulate a variety of functions on a computer that will assist in computer literacy skills needed for PARCC and NWEA assessments, and more importantly to learn skills needed for college and career readiness.”
Garcia said that the Chromebooks will be a valuable tool in helping students gain the skills they need to succeed.
“It’s important for students to learn computer literacy skills at an early age,” Garcia said. “With the advancement in technology and the requirements needed for the 21st century, allowing students the opportunity to create, design and discover using technology is vital.”
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