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Google gives 200 laptops to local high schools

Google is donating 200 used laptops to Mountain View high schools, as part of its ongoing efforts to support science, technology, engineering and math education in local schools, officials from the high school district said.

The gift will be used exclusively by students, according to Barry Groves, superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Groves expressed gratitude to the local search giant for its ongoing support of education in Mountain View.

Groves said the computers will be distributed among Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. Some may become dedicated to classroom use, while others may be checked out to students who need them to write a report or create a presentation. "This donation will be used, and it will be used every day," Groves said.

All of the laptops are IBM Thinkpads, Groves said. And all of them are in as-good or better condition than comparable computers that students have access to -- something that exceeded his expectations, he said.

The laptops come at a time when the district is poised to take advantage of Web connectivity, Groves said. With a new high-speed wireless Internet network recently installed at both high schools, students and teachers will have Wi-Fi access everywhere on campus, even out on the athletic fields.

Groves said he is especially pleased that Google -- a global company -- still takes time to make investments in its backyard, a sentiment the company shares, according to spokeswoman Heather Spain.

"We really value our relationship with the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, and we're happy to contribute these laptops to their students," said Spain, community affairs manager at Google. "It's important to us to invest in science, math and technology education in our community, and what better place for us to do so than in our own hometown?"

Comments

Posted by Bubb mom too, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks Google! Google is very supportive of Bubb school too! The employees who help with field day are terrific and so friendly. You are greatly appreciated.


Posted by Jes' Sayin', a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

If I got one I might see if gizmodo.com wants to buy them. Buried in the hard disk may be some future google products worth knowing about. :)


Posted by 1 Blach mom, a resident of Gemello
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

Thank you to Google for supporting our childrens' education.


Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:10 am


FYI: Web Link


Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thanks, Google. Will you also provide tech support, anti-virus software, automated backups and everything else the schools need to make the hardware work safely and reliably? Most schools that I know are overwhelmed by these issues and the result is a lot of insecure and infected computers that are more of a liability than an asset in a year or two.


Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Most of the IT department workers seem know how to do complete disk wipes and reinstalls - often over the networks. In the middle schools I usually see a fleet of similar machines (last 2 generations of iMacs or iBooks.) With a few common sets of disk images - it's not that hard to totally gut (digitally) a drive and install a completely new disk image.
Teacher scrounged (or remnant 3rd generation) machines not connected to the internet are not really mission critical machines [or are there hackers really working on Microsoft XP hacks ???]


Posted by Mikey, a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

200 used laptops? Really? Wow how generous.


Posted by creditWhereDue, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

@Mikey
Come on Mikey, would you rather they recycle the used laptops? If they're nicer than what the schools already have then it IS a good thing. Far from the only good thing they've done for local schools anyway. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth... its rude!


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