This site provides information on all of the Plano ISD Computers@Home projects that have begun or are being considered. For more information on these projects, or to start a project at your school, contact Jim Hirsch (email@example.com) or Mary Hewett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Computers@Home was designed to help increase academic achievement by providing a home computer system to students who do not have access to that technology. It is a district-wide program that has had successful results for the students and their families.
|Project Documents and Forms:||Project Summaries and Training Materials:|
|Sample introductory letter to parents||Individual school project summaries|
|Letter of Understanding (English)||Current summary list|
|Letter of Understanding (Spanish)||Training Handout|
|Family application form (English)||Open Office QuickStart|
|Family application form (Spanish)||Changing the Display|
|Survey form (English)||Training session photo|
|Survey form (Spanish)||Color Coding Chart for preparing computers|
|Project Overview (streaming video)||Computer Setup with printer (PowerPoint presentation)|
|Texas Legislation Summary||Computer Setup without printer (PowerPoint presentation)|
|Encyclopedia Brittanica Guide|
"Providing our families with technology tools at home will further our district goal of equipping each student with the skills and knowledge necessary to graduate and to achieve at maximum potential"
Cathy Taylor, principal at Mendenhall Elementary School, said she is "amazed at the vision of the school district" in fulfilling this need for educationally disadvantaged students, their siblings and family members. "Not only are our families receiving computers in their homes, but they are also receiving software, training, technical support and monthly classes to learn to utilize new software. This program will improve our students' literacy, math and writing skills...It is an extension of their school day and a way to involve families in their childrens' education."
Debby Moilanen, principal at Sigler Elementary School, added that "We have completed our initial program, including our first follow-up training, and we have given 80 computers to families that have impacted 110 of our students, not including their additional siblings who attend our middle and high schools. We cannot tell you how excited these families are to have these computers. Your staff was absolutely wonderful about getting us what we needed, when we needed it. We hope they feel as good about this program and the contribution they have made to these families as we at Sigler do!"
|An overview of the project by Cathy Taylor and students (please be patient as the streaming video takes a few moments to prepare for viewing)|