In an attempt to narrow the digital divide, Miami-Dade County Public Schools is offering netbook computers to qualified ninth-graders for $25. It may sound too good to be true, but it is, thanks to a federally funded grant for the “LINK – Learn Ideas, Navigate Knowledge computer literacy program.”
The school district anticipates using over a million dollars in grant funding to provide computers that will enhance students’ Internet access from home. They will have the opportunity to access valuable educational resources like the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Student and Parent Portal websites, and the Links to Learning online tools.
How does it work? To qualify, Miami-Dade County Public School students must be an incoming 9th-grade student enrolled in the free or reduced-price lunch program. Parents must apply to the LINK program online through the Parent Portal and also attend a mandatory training course. The Portal is located at www.dadeschools.net/parents.
The LINK application deadline is September 21, 2012. If parents do not have a Parent Portal account, they must visit their child’s school to receive a PIN number and to register. Students will be selected to participate in the LINK program through a random lottery.
Computer training and distribution events will be held at various locations throughout the fall. The Parent Academy will provide the free, mandatory introductory training courses for parents on computer basics, as well as tips on how the Internet can help in our daily life and how to keep their children safe online.
For more information, visit the LINK program’s website at link.dadeschools.net or call 305-995-3276.