HOW YOU CAN HELP

CONNECTING BUSINESS TO SOCIETY 

There is an increasing desire and demand for business to be more effectively connected to their local communities. The idea of a ‘Social Licence to Operate’ has a direct impact on brand perceptions, and in an era of rapid social media sharing, it stands as both an area of risk and of opportunity.

Businesses that ‘do the right thing’ are rewarded with enhanced consumer sentiment and connection to consumers who actively engage with businesses that are held in high regard - voting with both voice and wallet.

Many businesses struggle to find ways in which they can more effectively contribute directly to their local communities.  

 

This is IT Schools (TIIS) Laptop Scholarship program is an ideal vehicle for your organization - a not-for-profit initiative started by three Dandenong Business owners. 

 

WHERE YOU FIT

Most schools have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy, requiring students to provide their own laptops. 

 

Anecdotally, schools report that between 10 and 15% of their students do not have their own laptops - even though they are a required learning tool.  With almost 40,000 secondary students in the region, this equates to between 4,000 and 6,000 students who do not have their own laptop.

Why Laptops are an essential learning tool:

  • Many textbooks are only available in software copies

  • Some curriculum areas are only accessible by computer

  • More learning tasks are now completed outside of school hours - requiring online access

Within the region:

  • Schools have laptops for students to borrow, but not enough to meet the current demands

  • Students often cannot take the computers home to complete work

  • Students are often not allowed to save their work on borrowed laptops, as they may be assigned a different computer the following day

LAPTOP

SPECIFICATIONS 

To make the computers a valuable learning tool, there are minimum essential and recommended specification requirements for this initiative:

  • Processor:  1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC

  • RAM:  1 Gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

  • STORAGE: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS

  • WiFi Capability

  • Physical Keyboard (i.e. not an on-screen keyboard)

  • Charging cables and converters

Each laptop you donate to TIIS is ‘wiped’ and repurposed, then awarded as an IT Laptop Scholarship to students nominated by their schools

DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

TEACHER TESTIMONIALS

“This will allow me to complete my work and stay up to date when I am on work placements and cannot be at school. I will not have to stress about going to the library or staying at school after hours to complete my work.”

-Recipient of a computer through the This Is 'IT' Initiative (TIIS)

"Thank you so much for giving me access to a new laptop. It will help me to do my homework at home and it will help me for my future.

I feel so happy that I have a laptop like my friends, and it has changed my life. Now I can learn new things for myself and it helps me to do my work in class.

Now I can share with my mum and sister what I am learning, and they can use the laptop to help them learn.

I thank you for giving me this opportunity."

"Schools are trying to prepare their students for the future, this is extremely difficult when students do not have access to the tools they require. Computers are an absolute necessity and this initiative is a game changer for the students lucky enough to be the recipient of a laptop.”

- Secondary School Principal

"Schools are trying to prepare their students for the future, this is extremely difficult when students do not have access to the tools they require. Computers are an absolute necessity and this initiative is a game changer for the students lucky enough to be the recipient of a laptop.”

- Secondary School Principal

For further information please contact:

Andrew Simmons

0488 003 036  

OR

info@thisisitschools.com.au

Please download and sign the pledge below if you can help:

This is IT. 2020