KINGSFORD - Kingsford High School has purchased a new wireless Mini-PC computer lab with funds that were donated by the KHS Academic Booster Club.
The Mini-PC computer lab consists of a cart with 30 Dell Mini Notebook computers, a wireless network adapter, and a laser printer.
"The Mini-PC computers have the latest Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System and Microsoft Office 2007. Teachers check out the Mini-PC lab with in the Media Center and bring it to their classroom," noted Jean Constantini, technology director.
This is the second mobile computer lab for KHS, she added. The first lab, which has been in operation since 2002, was also purchased with donations from the Academic Booster Club. In addition, there are also two drop-in computer labs where teachers can bring their students.
"In many cases, teachers find that using computers in their curriculum is more effective by bringing computers into the classroom rather than bringing your classroom to an open computer lab. The Mini-PC is a smaller and more portable version than the traditional laptop The computers are also more battery efficient than a standard laptop computer," Constantini said.
Students find the smaller size - a 10.1-inch screen - and light weight about 3 pounds to be more convenient
especially when using the computer along with an open textbook or notebook.
"The purchase of the new Mini-PC lab helps us achieve many of our technology goals by increasing computer access for all students at KHS," Constantini added.
The KHS Academic Booster Club was organized in 2000. Its first project was to get a mobile wireless computer lab in place by 2002. The club is made up of parents, members of the community, teachers, administrators and students.
The Academic Booster Club's focus to provide support for academic programs at Kingsford High School.
The club is working to enhance what is already available at KHS. In addition to the financial support, the Academic Booster Club also provides moral and philosophical support to KHS.
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