The DeKalb County School District is embarking on a two-year effort to provide students with laptops and internet access through the "Digital Dreamers" initiative.
This fall, middle and high school students will be provided Chromebooks that will provide a gateway to connect to the internet and the district’s online learning resources. Eligible and qualified students will receive 5,000 mobile hotspots provided by Sprint through its “1 Million Project.” In addition, Columbia University will provide an additional 1,000 mobile hotspots as part of a research initiative.
In the future, the Digital Dreamers project will be expanded to the system's elementary schools. The project will open the door to numerous opportunities for DeKalb students, stated a news release.
“With technology, the methods and information used to teach students are evolving rapidly. Our students require and deserve the tools and access to keep them on the cutting edge. It’s our duty to provide it,” said Superintendent R. Stephen Green. “Digital Dreamers is an open door for our students to enhance their education both in the schoolhouse and at home, supported by internet access through the business community. It’s the logical next step in raising student achievement."