Los Altos raises money for Chromebooks

Posted on January 6, 2013 by  
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Photo by Gordon JackThe Los Altos High School community recently raised money to purchase three Google Chromebooks for the library – a hot-ticket item for students.

“Ever since we got them, they have been in use every period,” said Gordon Jack, Los Altos High librarian. “We have kids racing to the library to be able to check one out before they are all gone.”

Chromebook laptops, approximately $250 per computer, have no hard drives and boast long-lasting batteries. Jack said they work well for students, who do a lot of their composing for school projects in Google Documents, a free online-based program.

“We love the Google Chromebooks because they are fast, have a long battery life and are relatively inexpensive,” Jack said. “This makes them a better option for us than tablets.”

Jack noted that nearly 750 students visit the library on a daily basis to search for information, work on school assignments and collaborate on projects.

“More and more students are using online resources to help them with their schoolwork,” he said. “Our more affluent students bring their laptops, tablets and smartphones, while the less affluent depend on the library computers – which are slowing down from overuse. For these students, the library is an essential resource to learn about and use the latest technology.”

Jack initiated an online fundraiser with the goal of purchasing 30 Chromebooks for the library. The campaign aims to raise $7,000. All donations are tax deductible.

“By increasing the number of laptops, we can bring more classes into the library to research and alleviate some of the crowding in the one computer lab we have on campus,” wrote Principal Wynne Satterwhite in her weekly newsletter to Los Altos High families.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/1nsrf4.  Or, for more information on the fundraiser, email gordon.jack@mvla.net.



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