If there is one device that we are seeing more readily used throughout the district, it’s the Chromebook. Chromebooks allow students to easily utilize the G Suite, a variety of web tools, and other platforms that help them to create a more personalized learning environment. The only problem is, oftentimes, not all students have access to the technology that they need in order to truly be future ready-students. This was the issue that was presented to students at Dakota Ridge High School in a US History class. What world issues do students see? For one group of students, this was clear. “Our generation is growing with technology, and some kids don’t have the opportunity to take part,” said one student. So together, a group of four students, with the help of their teachers, decided to solve that problem be creating the non-profit organization Chromebooks4Kids.
As stated on their website, the goal of Chromebooks4Kids is to raise money to purchase Chromebook carts for schools that need access to these devices in their classrooms. Currently, the organization is working with Colorow Elementary in hopes that they can raise enough money through both fundraisers and donations to purchase a Chromebook cart for these future Dakota Ridge High School students. After that, “We’ll keep building it one cart at a time,” said the group’s student leader. “We want all schools to have the technology and maybe even promote technology careers,” he added.
This project is a perfect example of how we can empower our students by creating authentic learning tasks with real-world implications. These students have learned everything from how to start a non-profit, to how to run a profitable fundraiser, to how to improve their organization and get more volunteers to support their cause. They also continue to build their positive digital footprint by building their social media presence on both Instagram (@chromebooks4kids) and Twitter (@ChrBooks4Kids).
We can’t wait to see where this student project and many others throughout our district can go. If you want to learn more about this organization or if you’d like to help their cause, you can visit http://chromebooks4kids.net/