Saturday, November 17, 2012
Digital Wish grant gives Nashua classrooms one-to-one computing
NASHUA – Melanie Conley was sitting at her desk Tuesday, hard at work on a project about the life processes of plants.
But the Amherst Street Elementary School student’s project had none of the traditional pieces: no poster board, no construction paper, no scissors or glue. Instead, she had only one tool: a laptop.
“I love working on the computer,” Melanie said, nearly jumping with excitement.
The project was part of the classroom’s efforts to increase technology in all areas of the curriculum, a task made easier this year for the class, and another at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, thanks to a $90,000 grant from Dell and Vermont nonprofit Digital Wish.
The grant supplied a laptop for each student in Katie Scurrah’s fourth-grade class at Amherst Street Elementary and Sue Porter’s fifth-grade class at Mount Pleasant beginning last month.
A technology integrator, who helps train teachers and students to use the technology effectively, and curriculum materials were also provided.
The grant comes from Dell YouthConnect. Digital Wish worked ...(more )...