The Beverly Education Foundation, whose stated mission is to "stimulate innovation and excellence by supporting educational programs that are outside normal public funding" announced the new program last week.
According to their website, the funds raised will be used to:
- Create a learning environment for all students to maximize the use of technology. The Beverly Education Foundation will provide funding in a variety of ways to support students.
- Enable and sustain access to up-to-date technology for students. This program will offer a lease to own option for parents. BHS students who need to borrow a laptop will be given a loaner each day. Beverly Education Foundation will provide funding to help maintain a supply of loaner laptops.
- Maintain a state-of-the-art tech support center. Students can bring their leased laptops to this center for repairs and maintenance. Beverly Education Foundation will help fund the cost of establishing this center, including spare parts, software upgrades, and yearly laptop maintenance.
In a presentation to the City Council last Monday night at City Hall, school technology director Judy Miller said Beverly will be one of the first public school systems in New England to adopt the "1-to-1 Laptop Learning Initiative," as it is called.You can donate to the Beverly Education Foundation's program through their secure weblink or by mailing your donation to:
"There's a lot of districts watching Beverly right now," Miller said. "People are going to want to come and see Beverly High School.
Miller gave city councilors a demonstration of the power of laptop learning by using an example of a class learning about the Cuban missile crisis of 1962.
Miller showed a line in a textbook that told about a telephone conversation between President John F. Kennedy and former President Dwight Eisenhower during the crisis. She then clicked a button and played a 30-second tape of that conversation.
Miller also showed an interview with the superintendent of schools in Mooresville, N.C., who credited their laptop program with improving the district's test scores.
"This is definitely going to take Beverly up a couple of notches," Miller said.
The Beverly Education Foundation, Inc.,
PO Box 407,
Beverly, MA 01915.