GDOE hopes distribution of MiFis will entice more students to sign up for laptops

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Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, GDOE procured laptops for students in need who were using the online model of learning. (PNC file photo)

The Guam Department of Education Superintendent is hoping more people sign up for laptops following the initial distribution of MiFi mobile internet devices.

Early on during the COVID-19 pandemic, GDOE procured laptops for students in need who were using the online model of learning.

However, since the first laptop distribution back in September 2020, registration numbers for the laptops have not gone as expected.

Some parents have either canceled their registration or returned the laptops.

As the distribution of the IT&E MiFi devices continues this week, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez wants to make sure that the devices go to those who really need them first.

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“Right now, since we’re just starting to push out the devices, we’re still getting registration for next school year. We’ve obviously made the laptops available for distribution but we haven’t been really looking at the numbers because one of the things we wanted to make sure that was in place first was the internet devices for those families for whom connectivity is a major issue,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez hopes the availability of more devices will entice more students to sign up for the laptops.

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“As students sign up, we’re not going to want them to wait until next August to come in and get their laptops and then start them to figure them out how to operate it. We want them to get familiar with it now. So we would like to give them the opportunity to pick up their equipment. We would love to use the summer as an opportunity to provide training and preparation so that when they start the new school year, it will be a very smooth transition,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez hopes that he’ll see more laptops distributed throughout the month as GDOE prepares for the next school year.

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