Bubenreuth, the 20th of September 2021
- infoteam employee organizes laptops for Langenzenn middle school via employer
- digital forms of learning require laptops for pupils
- support for financially disadvantaged families
Last year, when the corona pandemic began and schools temporarily switched to distance or alternating classes and thus in part to digital forms of learning, this particularly affected financially disadvantaged children. Not every family owned and still owns laptops, not every school was able to distribute loaner devices - and available devices were and are not always up to the technical requirements.
infoteam employee René Schöner-Catanese also heard about the challenges facing families and teachers in his private life: His wife's aunt works at the middle school in Langenzenn. Actively, he asked his employer, the infoteam Software Group in Bubenreuth, for support - with success. For the start of the 2021/2022 school year, infoteam is donating ten refurbished laptops to the middle school in Langenzenn. In the future, these will be used as loaners at the school.
The laptops are DELL devices from the Latitude E 6530 and E 6540 series with 15.6-inch displays, Intel i7 processors, 8 to 16 GB RAM and up to 525 GB SSDs. They no longer meet the highest requirements of professional software development for railroad technology, medical technology or artificial intelligence systems, but are still more than up to everyday use. The infoteam IT department has reinstalled Windows 10 Pro on all computers and adds ten power cords in view of the limited battery performance.
"It is hard to imagine that there are still children from financially disadvantaged families in Bavarian schools who are excluded from digital education opportunities simply because they do not have the necessary hardware. We see it as our social responsibility and the guiding principle of our corporate culture to provide support within the scope of our possibilities in such cases - especially when we can so easily give young people a chance at a good education. We benefit from this as a society and ultimately as a company," says Joachim Strobel, CEO of infoteam Software AG. Jürgen Schlotter, director of the middle school in Langenzenn-Veitsbronn, adds: "During the pandemic, teachers, students and parents had to flexibly adapt to completely new circumstances within a very short period of time. Digital paths were discovered and taken together. This knowledge and experience in the digital world must now not be lost in the regular school day, regardless of the digital equipment at home. We are very grateful to be able to create a low-threshold and unbureaucratic offer of devices for the children and young people through the company infoteam."
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Possible caption: f. l. t. r.: Joachim Strobel (CEO, infoteam Software AG), the pupils Rebecca, Leni and Cecilia as well as school director Jürgen Schlotter