My colleagues Sean O’Shea (School Business Manager for the North),Mark Reynolds (School Business Manager for the South) and Stuart Ball (Partner in Learning Manager) are going to be manning our stand (no 2)at the NAACE Conference from 8th-10th March.
One of the area’ that they will be able to give you more information about is the GetOnline@Home project, very recently launched at the National Digital Inclusion conference at the end of last year.
In the UK there are still 8.4 million people who have yet to use the internet and 5% of children do not have access to a PC at home to assist with their learning and education. The aim of GetOnline@Home was to enable everyone to have access to the internet regardless of their financial situation or their technical ability. Working alongside some of our partners such as Race Online, The Post Office and 3, this soon became a reality.
With the idea being to provide computers for as little as £99, the scheme provides affordable, refurbished, internet-ready computers meaning that more people can get on line at home and start to build their knowledge around IT.