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109 King Middle Students Receive Free Computers

National non-profit organization uses technology to increase student achievement at the Grant Park school.

109 King Middle Students Receive Free Computers

by Patch Staff

CFY‐Atlanta, a national non‐profit organization that uses digital learning to increase student engagement, gave free computers to 109 M.L. King Middle School students after they succussfully participated in a digital learning program.

The workshops were held at King Middle School last month and in order to participate, students were required to attend the entire workshop with a parent.

The purpose is to equip students with the necessary tools to improve student engagement and achievement, and strengthen the parents’ confidence and ability to serve as learning partners for their children at home.

Students and parents learned to navigate PowerMyLearning.com, a K‐12 learning platform with more than 2,500 games, applications, tutorials and othr programs.

They also learned how to use specific applications that do not require Internet access.

All participating families received a computer with free service guaranteed until the student graduates high school.

"Allowing students to have access to software and technology at home will increase their opportunities of being successful during the school day," Paul Brown, King Middle's principal, said.

As part of the school's Digital Learning Program, a part‐time instructional coach will visit King Middle on a weekly basis to provide teachers and school leadership with collaborative assistance as they blend the learning classroom model and Common Core Learning Standards with the Digital Learning Program.

"I believe the biggest benefit from this collaboration is that it will help enhance learning at home for our students, especially as we move forward with Common Core and prepare our students for college," Brown said. "I think CFY has increased the chances of our students being successful."

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