Access to a computer has become a fundamental requirement for education. However, not all students have access to a computer, creating a digital divide that affects their academic progress. To address this issue, some schools have begun offering loaner computers – a great way to level the playing field while ensuring every student has an equal opportunity to succeed.

One of the most significant advantages of providing loaner computers is that it guarantees every student, regardless of their socioeconomic background, has equal access to educational resources. In today’s information-driven world, computer literacy is a prerequisite for success in almost every field. By offering loaner computers, schools are empower students to engage in online learning, research, and communication, thereby enhancing their educational experience while also paving the way for students to become proficient in the tools and technologies that are integral to modern society.

With a computer students can access a wealth of educational resources tailored to their individual learning styles. They can explore interactive learning platforms, engage in virtual labs, and participate in collaborative online projects. This personalized approach to education fosters a deeper understanding of subjects and encourages critical thinking, ultimately leading to improved academic performance.

The digital divide is particularly evident in the realm of homework, where many students face barriers in completing assignments due to a lack of access to a computer or the internet at home. Loaner computers provide a lifeline for these students, allowing them to complete assignments, conduct research, and communicate with teachers and peers outside of school hours. This not only levels the playing field but also promotes a more inclusive and equitable learning environment.

Sadly, the following video highlights the reality for many students/families.  Click here!

Matthew Second, Technology Teacher, St. Peter Catholic High School.
“I wanted to send a quick note of thanks for the latest delivery of laptops for the students at St. Peter. I often convert them to Chrome OS as that is what our students are familiar with and it is less of a resource hog, making these laptops life expectancy even greater. These units provide countless students at the school with reliable access to their studies. Not every family has the budget, and when teachers can supply loaner laptops, it takes the potential embarrassment away when students don’t have a computer.”
Schools are not the only ones setting up loaner programs.  The Tech Lending Library in Regent Park was created 2 months ago, to help the residents/students without access to a computer, take out a computer for a two week period. The demand has been so great – they now have a long waiting list and they are struggling to support all those that want to sign out a laptop.