Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Goes High-Tech

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Goes High-Tech

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Today's students are more tech-savvy than ever, and the opportunities to grow and learn from technology are endless. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) recognized this potential in their 3.3 million nationwide members and developed Club Tech, an ongoing initiative that equips their clubs with computers and technology applications.

Club Tech provides a space for members--over half of whom don't have home computers or Internet access--to practice and perfect the computer skills they learn at school. It also gives children a place to further pursue their interests that are not taught in school. Whereas school computer usage is often structured and time limited, youths at the clubs have the opportunity to explore on their own, says Ed Mishrell, vice president of technology programs for BGCA. "Young people in the clubs have the opportunity to create projects using technology starting with their own interests."

Technology seemed to be one of the best new ways to provide life-enhancing and character-developing experiences to underprivileged children in the clubs. With the help of Microsoft, BGCA has already technologically enabled half of the 3,300 clubs in the United States and its territories.

In developing the program, BGCA had a few points to consider. …

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