Cable One Chromebook donation bridges technology gap for Abia Judd students
Abia Judd Elementary School will be equipped with new Chromebooks this fall as the result of a Cable One initiative designed to improve student access to technology in schools. Cable One presented the Chromebooks in a special event at the school on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Now in its third year, the Cable One Cares program provides Chromebooks to Title I schools in the markets it serves.
This year, the company donated 50 of the Hewlett-Packard laptop computers to Abia Judd Elementary School. Three other schools in various parts of the country also received 50 Chromebooks each.
Cable One Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer Steve Fox said access to technology in schools is no longer a luxury, but a necessity, and that donating Chromebooks to Title I schools will help bridge the digital divide in schools that lack funding.
“While many school systems are taking big steps and working to give every student and every teacher access to the technology and tools they need to learn, not all schools have access to funding to support this effort,” Fox said. “Because we believe so strongly in improving education through the use of technology, we want to do our part to support the communities where we live and work.”
Abia Judd Elementary School Principal Clark Tenney said that Cable One’s donation will have a significant impact on student learning for students at the school.
“We plan to use these Chromebooks to enhance student access to educational technology, particularly in our earlier grade levels,” Tenney said. “We expect to be able to augment students’ achievement in our state’s technology standards (keyboarding skills, login skills, use of presentation software), in addition to utilizing these skills to enhance students’ learning in our traditional areas of reading, math, writing, science, and social studies.”
Tenney said that current student access to technology is limited and that enabling students to learn the skills needed to meet the challenges that will face them in the future is crucial.
“In a world where we can only imagine some of the jobs in which our students will one day engage, we can comfortably predict that familiarity with technology will be a key part of students’ future success,” Tenney said.