from eSchool News, March 31. Written by Patti Mohr — A group of students in a public magnet school in Woodbridge, VA, refurbish computers which are then given to those in the community who qualify. The program has become an essential part of the learning experience and it has also become an essential asset for the community.
The program combines academic learning and hands-on lab work with community service. First students learn about computer systems and networks. Then they rebuild used computers and give them away to children and other schools needing computers. It is the act of giving that solidifies the learning experience, says Brian Hackett, an instructional technologist at the school and co-coordinator for the program. “It becomes personal. You don’t get personal in learning until the kids see results of what they have learned.”
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