Published Monday, February 25, 2013 3:18 pm by Herbert L. White - The Charlotte Post
More than 2,000 elementary school students in the Project LIFT zone will take delivery of notebook computers on Feb. 26.
One Laptop per Child Association will provide the laptops for students in the first through fourth grades as part of the organization’s largest U.S. effort to date – with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The machines will be presented at Druid Hills Academy, 2801 Lucena St.
“We are pleased to be working with the Knight Foundation and Project LIFT in this bold endeavor,” said Rodrigo Arboleda, chairman and CEO of One Laptop per Child. “We believe that partnering with foundations, the private sector and the public sector is an excellent model that can be replicated across the country.”
The computers are integral to Project LIFT, a $55 million, community-oriented campaign to improve academic achievement in 11 northwest Charlotte schools. The program’s goal is to have 90 percent of the zone’s elementary students perform on grade level, achieve more than one year of academic growth per grade, and improve the graduation rate at West Charlotte High School. Project LIFT has offered notebook computers at a discount to families and provided free broadband access for a year.
“Our technology pillar has become complete with One Laptop per Child,” said Project LIFT Zone Superintendent Denise Watts. “These strategies will no doubt introduce 21st century technology to our students and help bridge the technology gap,” said Watts.
Your presence is requested… One Laptop per Child Launch Event at Druid Hills Academy
On February 26, more than 2,000 laptops will be distributed to students in the Project L.I.F.T. zone through the One Laptop per Child initiative, which is funded by the Knight Foundation. This initiative seeks to provide students with access to new channels of learning, sharing and self-expression.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Druid Hills Academy Cafetorium
2801 Lucena Street Charlotte, NC 28206
Charlotte, North Carolina teachers and students will now have access to Common Core aligned lesson plans that emphasize the use of The Sugar Learning Platform.
In early 2013, over 2,500 teachers and students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Project L.I.F.T. Zone will receive a connected XO laptop with the latest Sugar Learning Platform software. Nearly 200 exemplar lesson plans and onsite pedagogical support will accompany these laptops.
This collection, available free of charge, includes lesson plan samples for teachers and students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Math and reading lesson plans are aligned with the recently adopted Common Core, a national blueprint for teaching and learning that has now been adopted by 45 states and three territories. The Core aims to ensure that all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workforce. Science, social studies and arts plans will be accessible and aligned with North Carolina Essential Standards.
Project L.I.F.T. Zone Superintendent Denise Watts recognizes this collection as “the beginning of a new way of teaching and learning.” Watts, a former educator herself, sees these tools as “the support teachers need to ensure effective implementation of technology into the classroom.”
Continue to visit the site for new, innovative approaches to teaching using The
Sugar Learning Platform. Professional development communities will continue to
work throughout the year to perfect lesson plans and project ideas.
By: Torie Leslie, OLPC facilitator at Allenbrook Elementary School
On October 26th, 2012 the nine CMS Project L.I.F.T. zone schools and community
partners joined forces to host the L.I.F.T annual community meeting. This event
included breakout sessions centered around L.I.F.T’s commitment to appropriate
technology for all students. The “OLPC Lounge” stood out as a shining star during
this time as students, their families and community members enjoyed quality time
with XO laptops and OLPC support staff members. All visitors to the session had the
opportunity to ask questions and explore Activities on the Sugar Learning Platform.
One of my favorite memories from this event was when a 4th grade student was
sitting with his sister who is in Kindergarten and he explained how to open the
Speak Activity so she could type in her name and hear the robot speak her name. He
said to her, “You can use my XO for now but you’ll be getting your own soon!”
Check out this video from the evening created by my colleague, Monique Pollock,
facilitator at Ashley Park Pre-K-8.
Public Impact is a national education policy and management-consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have been working with Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte, North Carolina where OLPC will be providing connected XO laptops and ongoing training and support to 2,500 teachers and students.
The efforts of Public Impact are aimed at extending the reach of excellent teachers using job redesign and technology. Public Impact believes schools can put in place models to ensure that all students have access to an excellent education. One of these models emphasizes the use of online digital instruction. In Project L.I.F.T. for example, school leadership teams are looking at spaces throughout the academic day where technology can be swapped for a period of teaching time. This will of course free up the classroom teacher’s time, allowing the educator to reach an even larger number of students on a daily basis.
XO laptops will be used throughout The Project L.I.F.T. Zone to support much of this work. Quality online digital instruction and the already available Sugar Learning Platform will serve as tools to ensure that every student receives the support he or she needs to be successful both in and out of the classroom. Both Sugar’s Journal and online program functions will store student work and data, allowing for continuous reflection, review and remediation.
For more information about the transformational work Public Impact is doing in our schools, visit opportunityculture.org.