Chromebooks acquired to lift students out of digital poverty

Learning Resource Assistant Diane Grant with a Chromebook

Chromebooks acquired to lift students out of digital poverty

Care experienced students in the Falkirk and Clackmannanshire areas will benefit from the latest digital technology thanks to two successful equipment bids made by Forth Valley College.

This latest bid to Connecting Scotland - a Scottish Government initiative managed by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations - has resulted in FVC has been awarded 70 Chromebooks and Mobile Wifi packages. These packages will be distributed to care experienced students from Falkirk and Clackmannanshire postcodes. 

In addition to distributing the digital kit, FVC will also support students to get online and make best use of their new Chromebooks that will be theirs to keep.  FVC’s Department of Equalities, Inclusion and Learning Services will take the lead in distributing the Chromebooks through the Learning Resource Centres.

David Allison, FVC’s Vice Principal Information Systems and Communications, said: “We want to thank Connecting Scotland for accepting our bids and want to assure them that the digital equipment they have supplied will be put to very good use among the care experienced students we support here at Forth Valley College.

“We have been very proactive trying to make sure that no one would be disadvantaged by having to work online from home during the pandemic lockdown and our IT, Learning and Teaching and Student Support Departments, have stepped up to the plate to get laptops out to the students who need them most at this time.

“This new equipment will ensure that even more students will be lifted from digital poverty and help to level the educational playing field for them, in the course of their studies. I am very proud of all the staff who have been involved in this work and who will be once again distributing the new digital packages to our students and training them in its use.”

More information on the work of Connecting Scotland is available at their website:  www.connecting.scot 

 

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