New computers help Chinese and Japanese 5 students prepare for the AP test

New computers help Chinese and Japanese 5 students prepare for the AP test

Jacqueline Barr

Two sets of laptop carts are now available for use in the classroom. Sporting Dell Netbook Latitude 2100’s, the two sets of 24 Netbooks are designed to make it easier for teachers to use electronic tools in the classroom. 

Two sets of laptop carts are now available for use in the classroom. Sporting Dell Netbook Latitude 2100’s, the two sets of 24 Netbooks are designed to make it easier for teachers to use electronic tools in the classroom. 

An example of the Dell Netbook Latitude 2100's that will be used by the Language Department as well as in other classess. Photo by Jackie Barr

The funding has come from four different sources. The PTSA, B Budget, and the FUHSD Foundational Grant purchased one of the laptop carts. The second was paid for by money out of the Measure B Bond Tax with the Technological Matching Grant. This grant matches the amount of funds spent by the school hence, paying for the second laptop cart and all of the hard and software associated with it.

The idea was conceived by the Modern Language Department, mainly for use in the AP Chinese and AP Japanese classes. Both of the classes use the computer lab to practice for the AP Exam but have run into problems booking the busy library computers. The actual AP test is administered online, so students must learn how to type Japanese and Chinese characters on the computer.

The mini-computers will be running XP, but will be equipped with Word 2007 as well as other up-to-date software. Sal Murillo and Karl Tang, the school’s network managers, configured the computers.

Though priority will be given to the Modern Language Department, other classes and departments may use the netbooks as well. Teachers will be trained on Dec. 2 by the District Office to use the software and the computers.

 

 

 

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