Breckenridge Elementary gets 24 laptops | SummitDaily.com

Breckenridge Elementary gets 24 laptops

ROBERT ALLEN
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Breckenridge, CO Colorado
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BRECKENRIDGE ” Cheers erupted from the Breckenridge Elementary School gymnasium Friday morning as principal Peg Connealy announced the arrival of 24 mini-laptops.

The computers ” which include webcams and wireless Internet capabilities ” will be able to link students to peers as far as Germany and India.

The nearly $10,000 worth of equipment, including a cart, was financed through a students’ wrapping-paper fundraiser and donations from parents and the community.

“We actually had quite a few pretty sizable donations,” Connealy said.

Parent Teacher Student Association treasurer Shannon Renner, who spearheaded the fundraising, said the Lenovo notebooks will be useful for special projects.

The international connection may require some planning “considering the time-zone differences ” and perhaps the classrooms abroad won’t have quite so many computers.

“But even if they had just one computer, that would work,” Renner said.

The computers will have word-processing, spreadsheet and PowerPoint capabilities and will be easily transferred among the classes on the cart. The Internet connection will allow for easier research as well.

Connealy said that because the school’s wireless network connection strength varies, the cart will be equipped with a router. The cart, which charges the computers’ batteries, will also be useful for projecting images from the computers to a larger screen.

The school already has a computer lab, but the mini-laptops will be able to offer further connectivity for more students.

Though the intent originally was to acquire about 10 laptops, the fundraising was so successful that the school was able to purchase more, Connealy said.

The computers are to be ready for use by the time the students return from winter break March 2.

School officials initially were concerned that the keyboards, which are three-quarters the size of a standard keyboard, would be too small. But, Connealy said, they’re “just perfect for little-kid fingers.”

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.


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