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SHRINKING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Mission Statement

The School District of Palm Beach County, along with business partners, local governments, and community-based organizations, will collaborate to develop partnerships and solutions to shrink the digital divide.  This collaboration will provide computers and Internet access for students and families, and thereby opportunities for education, literacy, and communication that would otherwise not be available.

SDPBC Digital Divide
   

The SDPBC “Shrinking the Digital Divide” initiative started in 2005 with the goal of developing project-based learning programs to refurbish and then distribute computers no longer utilized by the District into the community. One of the key goals is to provide access to educational opportunities and communication tools provided by the District to students and families beyond the school day.


The most powerful result of students working in the Shrinking the Digital Divide program is that students are allowed to make a meaningful contribution and develop real-world skills by providing leadership opportunities.

Individual students and families who are seeking a low-cost solution would do well to check out the Comcast Low-Cost Internet and Computer program. Students who qualify for National free or reduced lunch will qualify for the program as outlined below. Visit this website for more information: www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376

Comcast

Click on the link or image above to learn more about Comcast's Internet Essentials program. Eligible families get home Internet service for only $9.95 per month and can purchase a computer for a low price of just $149.99 + tax.

Student and Family Computer Donations

Individuals who would like to be considered to receive a non-modern refurbished computer must submit (fax or mail) the completed form below to the Department of Educational Technology.  FAX: 494-8392 (Attn: Lee Kolbert)

PBSD 2321 - Student and Family Donation Agreement

(Click on link above)

As part of the process, parents must agree to training in order to receive a "Shrinking the Digital Divide" project computer.  Training will focus on instructional applications and basic computer usage.

Computer Distribution Process

      1. Family submits completed application
      2. Completed application is reviewed
      3. Eligible families will be contacted for training location, time, and date.

NOTE: Individuals submitting completed applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis and will be contacted in a timely manner.  Applications not complete will not be processed.  Level of capability depends on the unit's hardware specifications.  All central processing units donated to the public were re-initialized (low-level initialization) and have a clean operating system installed. Recipient is not entitled to any softwareupFORMSgrades. Hardware and installed software is provided "AS IS" and the School District of Palm Beach County is not responsible for any faults found within.

FORMS

For Individuals

Technology Equipment Donor Release


For Non-Profits

PBSD #2320 Surplus Used Computer Donation Request and Agreement