Thursday, October 17, 2013

Computers Available for Families with Limited Resources

The Calgary Board of Education has partnered with Alberta Computers for Schools to support a number of families who don’t have the financial resources to equip their child with a laptop for learning.

The CBE program has 100 refurbished computers available. In the event that there are more applicants than computers, students will be selected through a random lottery process.

The purpose of this program is to supplement teaching and learning activities, in and out of the classroom. Successful recipients will have a computer delivered to their school. Please note that as the computers are refurbished, they will be provided as is, and the CBE will not be providing a warranty or support on the hardware or software.


To receive a refurbished laptop from the Computer for Kids program, you must have had your school fees for the current academic year waived and be between grade 3 and 11.

Only one computer will be allowed per household.


Please fill out the application to apply. A teacher reference is also required. Teachers will be contacted during the year to gather data in order to determine the success of the program. The application is to be signed, scanned and submitted to Suhayl Patel in the CBE Learning & Innovation Department at by Oct. 21, 2013.

CBE’s digital citizenship

All students must adhere to the CBE digital citizenship guidelines.

Computer specifications

All laptops will have the following specs:

  • 80GB hard drive
  • 2G RAM
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Wireless Capability
  • And will be accompanied by a laptop bag

Download the Application for a Refurbished Computer.

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