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Computers in Homes (CiH) is a proven programme to provide students with internet at home, and increase parent engagement in children’s learning. It is a partnership of schools, families, trainers, government and the 20/20 Trust.
Computers in Homes works because we concentrate on building parents’ computer skills and supporting families through their crucial first year online.
As well as providing home computing and online access to learning resources, schools and families report that Computers in Homes:
- helps their children do better at school
- contributes to positive education outcomes for children and parents
- strengthens links between families and schools
- empowers parents to be more involved in their children’s learning
CiH graduate surveys show increased computer skills and personal confidence, engagement in further education, and increased employability for their whānau.
Teachers from View Road School Waiuku reflect on their first Computers in Homes
Tumuaki Cris Hull and teachers reflect on the effect of Computers in Homes on drawing families and whanau close to the school, increased parent involvement, building stronger relationships and friendships; after their first Families’ Graduation.
Full participation of schools is vital, and you are involved all the way. Local needs vary, but usually schools:
- work with 20/20 to plan and coordinate the programme
- identify families most likely to benefit, and invite them to take part
- may provide a training room (91 schools choose to last year)
- take part in the graduation celebrations
- regularly use email to communicate with CiH students and families, and use the internet for homework.
Our experienced local coordinators play the lead role in delivering Computers in Homes, working closely with you. They
- discuss local needs and sign a Memorandum of Understanding with you
- organise 20 hours computer and internet training for a carer from each family, usually in 10 group sessions.
- plan, fund and participate in a Graduation event for families – for many their first education certificate
- provide graduates’ families with a fully licensed, refurbished computer and software
- organise setup and testing of computer and internet at families’ homes
- organise technical support to families for the next year
- after a year, organise a ‘WOF” service and possibly upgrade hardware and software
- survey participants on their experience, as part of our ongoing research
- advise participants of further training options (27% did in 2014), and
- be your local contact for CiH and other 20/20 programmes
at no cost to the school, and a cost of $50 plus a contribution to their internet cost to each family.
Schools currently participating are listed by region here. In 2015-16, 1,633 families from 421 schools and kura took part, attending classes held at 69 schools and 36 community technology centres. These are listed in the 2016 Annual Report Part 1 (pdf).
- If you are in a CiH region and are decile 1 to 3, you are eligible
Demand exceeds funding, so we give priority to decile 1 to 3 schools in 20 regions identified by the 2013 Census as ‘digitally underserved’. We have thousands of families from over 100 schools on our waiting list. Current Government funding lets us reach 1,500 a year.
- If you are a decile 4-5 school in a CiH region, or higher decile with families from an underserved community, do contact us. We may be able to help.
- If you are a low decile school in a non-CiH region, we are unlikely to be able to run Computers in Homes in the medium term, but can help with advice and information. Contact us to discuss.
Email us now, using the Contact Us form. We will send you a School CiH Project Starter Pack with full details, add you to our waiting list, and give some idea of timescale.
All schools can access other 20/20 Trust training and programmes, where available:
- Stepping UP – introductory computer training, often at public libraries, and usually free.
- ICDL offers high-quality on-line digital skills training with an NCEA recognised qualification. Some schools use ICDL certification testing as an adjunct to their own computer classes.
- ‘Outcomes‘ has CiH reports with Regional stories, research findings and case studies, endorsements and testimonials
- Download the Computers in Homes brochure (pdf).
Product Manager Sue Davidson will be delighted to answer questions and show how Computers in Homes can help your school.