Schools’ newest learning lab? The home

A pilot project by North Carolina’s Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is putting computer labs into a local apartment complex to help bridge the technology gap among students and help those with limited English skills learn the language, reports the Chapel Hill News. The school district has partnered with Durham-based apartment owners General Services Corp. to create residential computer labs for students. The pilot lab opened last week at Carolina Apartments. More than 60 percent of dwellers in the 209-unit, low-to-moderate income development are families, including around 90 students. "To meet the needs of students in the district across the digital divide, we have to be creative," said Renny Johnson, the school district’s Community Connection coordinator. Computers have been provided at no cost by the Kramden Institute, a Durham-based nonprofit. The school district’s Instructional Services division also equipped each computer with Rosetta Stone English language software, so ESL students can continue their language learning. "When you miss out on language skills over the summer, it can be like starting from scratch," Johnson said…

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