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5 Places Offering Free, or Nearly-Free, Computers for Students

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Oct 25, 2013 12:51:00 PM

Computers are no longer luxury items. Students and educators depend on them to communicate with one another, complete assignments and stay informed. While many of our students have access to a home computer, a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce suggests that fewer students have access to this technology than we may think. According to the report:

  • 23 percent of American homes did not own a computer in 2010
  • 46 percent of homes with incomes under $25,000 do not own a computer or have Internet access

We believe that all students should have access to a home computer—and so do the five nonprofit organizations we’ve listed below!

5 Places Offering Free, or Nearly-Free, Computers for Students

computers for studentsComputers for Learning (CFL) doesn’t offer a lot of information, but we can tell you this:

If you have more specific questions, call (866) 472-9161.

computers for studentsWhile the computers offered through Computers for Students aren’t free, they are cheap: Desktop computers cost $80 and laptops are $150.

Students can apply for discounted computers by completing this application form. Once they are reviewed and approved, a voucher will be mailed to the student. If students are located in the Arlington, Virginia area, they can pick up the system in person. If not, Computers for Students will deliver or ship at an extra fee.

computers for studentsComputer Recycling Center offers two free systems:

Sys # 1301nw: Core 2 Duo / Duo Core desktop, 1 GB memory, 160+ gig HDD.

Sys # 1304nw: Laptop, 1.0 GB memory, 80+ GB HDD, AC adaptor.

Requests for computers must be submitted on letterhead with the following information:

  • The CRC system# of the computer you want
  • The software programs you intend to run on the computer
  • How you will use the computer in your program
  • Who will benefit from this computer

Applicants will receive a response within 30 days. If approved, the applicant pays the cost of shipping.

computers for studentsComputers with Causes is slim on information, but applying for a free computer is easy. Simply complete the online application form and briefly explain your computer needs.

computers for studentsTo qualify for a free computer from The On It Foundation applicants must:

  • Be in grades K-12
  • Receive a free or reduced school lunch
  • Attend a public school
  • Reside within the United States

If computers are not available, the applicant’s name will be placed on a waiting list. The student’s parent/guardian must write to The On It Foundation requesting a free computer. Information in the letter must provide the following:

  • Student’s name, age, grade, school name, school address and school phone number
  • Parent/guardian name, address, phone number
  • Proof from the school (on its letterhead) that the student qualifies for free or reduced school lunch
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Tags: Master in the Art of Teaching, free computers for students, technology in the classroom

Missed your Marygrove MAT application deadline? Think again.

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Aug 31, 2012 1:57:00 PM

ClockIf you’ve lost track of your time this summer (like we have), there’s good news for you: Marygrove has extended application and registration dates for our Master in the Art of Teaching online program.

Maybe you need to renew your certification. Maybe you simply wish to invest in your own professional development and enhance your curriculum at the same time. Whatever your needs are, our program has been custom-tailored to fit them!


  • Renew your certification online—at your pace & on your schedule (you have 6 years to complete your degree!)
  • Augment your pay scale & invest in your own professional development
  • Enroll with a simple & completely free online application
  • Enhance your own classroom with forward-thinking curriculum ideas you can use right away

New Extended Deadlines!

Classes Start Sept. 4, 2012, so call a Recruitment Counselor today at 855-628-6279 or email


Tags: Master in the Art of Teaching, Master in the Art of Teaching Degree, MAT Program, MAT Application, Marygrove College Master in the Art of Teaching

Capstone Projects reflect the world of the real working teacher.

Posted by Colleen Cadieux on Sep 17, 2011 5:30:00 AM

working teachers who become MAT students write Capstone Projects, not thesis papers. Capstone Projects reflect real world of serious-minded professional teacher.When prospective students are considering what online Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) program is best for them, they often ask if they will have to write a thesis.

The answer is no, however, as an alternative to a thesis paper, students in the Marygrove MAT program must complete a Capstone Project which documents their professional growth throughout the program. Capstone projects require work on a real-world project with an MAT mentor. The Capstone Project includes entries such as: assignments from the courses; samples of your students' work completed in your classroom; and your own reflection/journal entries. Projects vary from semester to semester, but are oriented to the professional, working teacher. Past projects involved instructional design; others centered around standards or empirical research. The Capstone Project is submitted for review in the final term of the program.

Thesis papers are for the academic-minded, theory based Ph.D. candidate. Capstone projects are for the serious-minded, working professional who is seeking to enhance one’s career and abilities. Just like our program.

Still want to do a thesis?

Tags: Master in the Art of Teaching, thesis, Capstone Project, Marygrove MAT, working teachers

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