Empowering X Children = Equalizing Learning
Schools have endeavored to adopt programs of “No Child Left Behind" (known now as Every Student Succeeds Act) — but how can this be when one child has access to the best technology while another child, because of financial constraints, has no computer or internet access outside of school at all? The solution is for schools to provide an equitable computer system for every child.
But what about online security? What can we do to protect children from cyber predators and bullies? How can we restrict a student’s access to inappropriate sites on the school’s system? And how can the school provide a safe and secure computing experience that can be accessed anywhere, without overextending an already strained budget?
GOe7 has an economical solution: The Excel initiative (Empowering Children Equalizing Learning).
By using our Digital Learning Key (DLK) — a simple, patent-pending and ground-breaking flash drive that can be inserted into a donated or inexpensive laptop — students can gain instant access to a school’s computer system.
Each student will be issued their own DLK, allowing them safe and regulated access to the school’s library of computer programs and approved websites. When the DLK is removed, there is no trace of the computer session. This is because the session was not actually performed on the child’s own computer, but instead contained in the key. The host computer doesn't need a hard drive.
The DLK has a built-in, patent-pending web server where parts of all of a website contents can be downloaded into the Key, making offline learning possible! That's right. No internet connection is needed since all learning contents of the main website is reflected into the Key.
Parents will love that computing done with a child’s DLK poses no risk to their own computer. Even when a child is studying at a friend's house or at the library, they can insert their DLK for instant access to the school’s computer. This means no more having to configure their system like emailing their assignments somewhere else! Just plug and go! It's the ultimate BYOD or Bring Your Own Device.
The Excel Initiative levels the digital playing field by providing students with cost-efficient access to the same technology, ensuring an equal opportunity to learn, to improve, and to succeed.
Teachers will also be able to download their own educational programs, worksheets, and lessons for access by their students, wherever they are, year after year. It can be easily packaged and replicated for each student. Again, just plug and go. No more fussing, installing and updating.
This year, we are starting our first pilot program of The Excel Initiative in schools. It is GOe7's mission to provide a safe and equitable computing experience for all students, everywhere.
No child should be left behind for lack of technological access. Please join us in our mission. Contact us today to see what we can do for your students.