Bloordale Middle School Students Showcase Computer Skills



    Program Provided Through DELL(TM) Closes Technology Gap

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - Bloordale Middle School students will show their
parents how to take apart a computer and rebuild it. The students are
participants in the Dell TechKnow program which will host a graduation event
showcasing the work of 20 newly tech-savvy Grade 7 and 8 students.

    
    Dell Canada President Greg Davis will attend the graduation taking place:

                       Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00 a.m.
                           Bloordale Middle School
     10 Toledo Road, Toronto, Ontario (Burnhamthorpe and the West Mall)
    

    A collaborative effort of the Toronto District School Board and Dell
Canada, the Dell TechKnow program is a 40-hour after-school program providing
underserved middle school students with an opportunity to earn a home computer
and learn to access, use and understand technology; skills that promote
self-esteem, academic success, and prepare students for opportunities in
today's digital world.
    "The knowledge and skills our students have gained will equip them to
participate more fully in our competitive high-tech society," said Principal
Nick Tran. "Through the program our students also learn about professionalism
and work ethics - lessons they can apply in their regular classroom and
beyond, when they enter the workforce."
    Students in the Dell TechKnow program receive a free refurbished Dell
desktop computer and work in teams to learn computer basics including: how to
take apart and re-build the computer, install software; upgrade, diagnose and
fix basic hardware problems; and how to use word processing and educational
software. In addition, students must meet certain program requirements such as
attending school, demonstrating good citizenship and sustaining or improving
their grades. Upon completion of the course, students earn and take home a
refurbished Dell desktop computer, operating system and software.
    "The feedback we've received from students, teachers and family members
is that students are building more than computers, they're building
confidence," said Greg Davis, President, Dell Canada. "They also become
coaches and mentors to other family members who may also lack technology
skills. This, in turn, helps promote the development of digital literacy at
home."
    Teachers from Bloordale Middle School serve as the instructors for the
Dell TechKnow program. Their involvement reflects the Toronto District School
Board's commitment to provide all educators and learners with technology-rich
environments that support student achievement and produce lifelong learners
able to succeed in an information society.
    The Toronto District School Board is one of more than 60 districts in
Canada and the U.S. participating in the program. This is the third year that
Bloordale Middle School has been involved with the Dell TechKnow initiative.
    More information about the Dell TechKnow program can be found at
http://www.dell.ca/techknow

    About Dell Canada Inc.

    Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Dell Canada Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Dell Inc. Dell Canada is among the leaders in desktop products,
notebooks, servers and storage, and has offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal
and Edmonton. Information on Dell Canada and its products can be obtained on
the World Wide Web at www.dell.ca.

    About Dell

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technology and services they trust and value. Uniquely enabled by its direct
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