Friday, February 11, 2011

The Choice Is Yours Laptop Program

Families who are members of  The Choice Is Yours program in Edina are provided with a laptop computer and Internet access. Mary Manderfeld, Assistant Director of Administrative Services who administers the program notes:
One of the barriers the Choice is Yours (CIY) students and families may face in Edina Public Schools is access to computers and the Internet. Each year Edina High School and Middle Schools are increasing their use of technology within the classroom setting. Many classes are placing their entire syllabus with all homework assignments online. The academic registration process at Edina High School is completely online at this point. Families and students need to have Internet access in order to register in a timely fashion for classes the following year. By having a computer, families are also able to log in to theirs student’s academic information to see grades, missing assignments and other vital academic requirements. Families and students who do not have a computer or access to the internet at home are placed at an immediate disadvantaged to peers who have access to this information. Edina Schools is happy to assist our families by providing computers and internet access to lessen the digital divide.
The computers are paid for out of the Integration funds received from the State of Minnesota

Sara Swenson, Media Specialist at Edina High School asked a few of the students what impact the program has had on their learning. Here are their responses.

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