Technology and learning in lower-income families


From The Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount Middle School worked with the Kramden Institute of Durham to give home computers to 48 students on Feb. 4. Kramden Institute is an organization that seeks to provide technology tools and training in order to bridge the digital divide.

Through the Kramden Tech Scholars program, the institute donates computers to students in grades 3-12 who do not have a home computer.

Students are nominated by educators to receive the home computer. The students who receive computers must attend a training session at their school to learn how to operate the computer. Students must also have a parent or guardian take the computer home for them.

There is no cost to the student or their families to receive a computer, and Rocky Mount Middle School only had to pay $250 in shipping costs to have all of the computers shipped from Durham to Rocky Mount.

The Rocky Mount Middle Parent-Teacher-Student Organization covered the cost of shipping.

“The students were instructed today on how to operate their new system,” said Principal Roderick M. Tillery. “Parents were able to take the computers home as an opportunity to increase their digital citizenship,” Tillery stated. “We are able to change the lives of our students through this opportunity,” he added.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies thanked the Kramden Institute for their partnership and explained the importance of the program.

“We know that we are raising a generation of children that are the absolute brightest that we have ever seen. Making sure they have the tools that they need for 21st Century skills is critical. We would like to thank the Kramden Institute for helping us provide this to our students,” Dr. Jefferies said.

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