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SCHOOL DISTRICTS HARDEST HIT BY HURRICANES TO RECEIVE 15 MOBILE COMPUTER LABS FROM DELL, EDUCATION PARTNERS Dell, SETDA, Cable in the Classroom Respond To Needs Outlined by Local Educators

ROUND ROCK, Texas, Feb. 7, 2006 – Students from 15 hurricane-ravaged school districts in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas soon will have access to educational content thanks to a donation of mobile computer labs from Dell, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and Cable in the Classroom.

"Now these schools can bring the mobile computer carts from classroom to classroom, giving more students access to technology and information," said Karen Bruett, vice president of Dell’s K-12 business. "This donation is an example of how a global company like Dell can help enable local benefits to customers and communities. We encourage other companies and organizations to help us revitalize these schools by donating any products or services they can."

While significantly damaged by the hurricanes, schools receiving these mobile labs are capable of using the technology immediately. The districts include:

Louisiana

Mississippi

Texas

Jefferson Parish

Biloxi School District

Buna ISD

Plaquemines Parish

Moss Point School District

Deweyville ISD

St Bernard Parish

Pascagoula School District

Nederland ISD

St. Tammany Parish

Bay-Waveland School District

Sabine Pass ISD

Vermilion Parish Pass 

Christian School

District Spurger ISD

"These mobile labs provide students with critical access to educational content, both in their classrooms and from the Internet, that had been unavailable since the storms," said Helen Soulé, Ph.D., executive director of Cable in the Classroom. "They also demonstrate the powerful role that technology and online resources can play in restoring educational programs after disasters threaten to disrupt learning."

Designed with input from educators, these secure, flexible mobile computer labs provide an average-sized class with a 2:1 student-to-computer ratio or better. They include:

  • 16 Dell Latitude™ laptops
  • One Datamation mobile laptop cart
  • One wireless access point
  • One Dell laser printer
  • 3 years Dell technical support
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Professional software
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements Software
  • Wireless Internet access

Intel, Microsoft, Adobe, Time Warner and Datamation also contributed to the donations.

"These systems bring new opportunities to students and teachers who have otherwise lost so much," Melinda G. George, executive director of SETDA. "Students can now extend the hours and locations available for learning and study. We’re proud to see educational technology play such a critical role in the recovery process."

Dell also will work with SETDA to offer special pricing on identical mobile labs to any schools identified as meeting the eligibility criteria. EDITOR’S NOTE: vSKOOL, a consortium providing education-related relief to K-12 students, educators and families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has established an online clearinghouse of donated educational products and services at www.vskool.org. Available items include online courses, test preparation services, software and digital content.

 
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