Not so many applications for GDOE laptops as parents prefer hard copy instruction

Surprisingly, out of the collective 9,000- 8,000 laptops schools had on hand, only about 3,300 applied.

Parents’ preference for hard copy is the reason for low GDOE laptop applications.

The Guam Department of Education sent out the applications and distributed laptops to students to switch over to the online home learning model back in September.

Surprisingly, out of the collective 9,000- 8,000 laptops schools had on hand, only about 3,300 applied.

GDOE Deputy Superintendent Joe Sanchez went on air with K57’s Patti Arroyo and spoke about the responses they received regarding the low laptop applications and learned why some are opting to not switch to online learning.

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“The feedback we’re getting is mixed. We do have a good number who have responded saying no, they’d prefer to stay on hard copy, which I thought was interesting because considering all the concerns we were receiving regarding hard copies, we thought there’s going to be a lot of folks who are going to try and jump over to the online component as soon as possible. But that doesn’t seem to be the case,” Sanchez said.

In an interview with PNC, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez stated that one of the reasons parents are not applying for, even canceling their laptop applications, is that working parents feel it’s more accommodating to their schedules to help their children with their school work using hard copies. However, Fernandez says that he actually wants to phase out the hard copy learning option.

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“Despite the nice structure and the fact that they’re getting materials to bring home, we know they’re getting less engagement with their teachers and classmates and probably a lot less engagement with their teachers in general because that connection has to be done by phone and it really limits the opportunity to e-mail, video conferences, and other forms of communication that the online students would be able to access,” Fernandez said.

GDOE is still encouraging students and parents to sign up for laptop applications and switch to the online learning model.

For more information and if you are interested in applying, please contact your respective schools first and schedule an appointment if selected.