Students step in to refurbish computers as school needs rise

Angelena Iglesia

A middle school IT club has found a way to use their skills to revamp old computers at a time when distance learning has made such technology indispensable.

Penguin Corps is a Linux club at the charter school Aspen Academy in Savage. Linux clubs provide a space for students to learn how to install and use open-source software. The students are using that knowledge to refurbish old computers for their classmates.

With the school opting for hybrid learning, the need for computers skyrocketed. 

“These kids very enthusiastically caught the open-source bug and took on the challenge of wanting to help their fellow students,” said Stu Keroff, a social studies teacher who directs the club.

Four hands work on two laptops.

Two Aspen Academy students and members of the Penguin Corps computer club work on donated laptops in Savage, Minn., on Wednesday. The club repairs donated computers for families that need computers for distance learning.

Evan Frost

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Cool back-to-school gadgets for students that are home-schooling

Angelena Iglesia

From clocks that gently wake you to Insta-video-studios for kids, Gadget Guy Steve Greenberg’s picks make at-home learning easier and fun #NewDayNW

SEATTLE — Shopping for school supplies is one of the best parts of heading back to school. But this year, with all the remote learning our list might look a bit different.  Gadget Guy Steve Greenberg took the “new normal” into consideration as he rounded up the coolest new gadgets to make remote learning a bit easier and a lot more fun. 

The Soluna Light Alarm Clock from La Crosse Technology — ensures there’s a glow for every day and every mood with a variety of light settings. Choose to illuminate your room with your favorite color or pick one of the vibrant color gradients. If you are looking to unwind and relax use the Guided Breathing Mode or the Morning and Evening Modes to stimulate the rise

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Nonprofit seeks computers, accessories to bridge technology gap for students

Angelena Iglesia

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Evolution Academy Charter Schools Announces Statewide Online Open Enrollment for Texas Students for the 2020-2021 School Year | News

Angelena Iglesia

DALLAS, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Evolution Academy Charter School System has announced open enrollment for its online program. In a historic move, the district has now been approved to enroll students for the online program from all over the state of Texas.

Evolution Academy originally rolled out a pilot version of its online high school program for eligible students during the Spring 2019 school semester. Since then, Evolution Academy has had great student success since shifting online. The district also partnered with Sprint’s 1 Million Foundation to provide devices and hotspots to address the needs of students who don’t have computers or Wi-Fi at home. This partnership will continue during the 2020-2021 school year. The 1Million Project Foundation launched in August 2017 with a mission to help one million high school students achieve their full potential by ensuring they have the digital tools and connectivity they need

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20 Cool Gadgets For Students

Angelena Iglesia


Learning From Home

For the students in your life, back-to-school shopping in 2020 may be more about enabling learning from home than in the classroom. The COVID-19 pandemic means that millions of students will return to their studies this year via remote learning, creating plenty of challenges. One, no doubt, is around technology: distance learning is not an option for most students unless they have a laptop or tablet. Gadgets such as headphones, webcams, monitors, docks and printers are also going to be a must-have for many students returning to a home-based classroom. To help with the back-to-school tech shopping effort, we’ve pulled together a number of cool new tech gadgets for students that are worth considering for the coming school year–such as the Apple iPad, Bose noise-canceling headphones, Apple AirPods and Chromebooks from companies such as HP Inc., Dell and Google.

What follows are our recommendations for back-to-school tech

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