I received a few bits of computers from my church
(http://www.allsouls.net), and with other spare parts I had acquired
from other sources, built one computer, which is now in my 7/8 grade
classroom (http://sterling.school-library.net/). I have decided to give
this copmuter away to a graduating 8th grade student at the end of the
year, as reward for an essay contest (expository writing about Open
Source Software or persuasive essay about why schools can benefit from
using OSS.) I have enough parts here to maybe get another machine
together, and I got an idea. I put out some feelers on a non-profit
swap phone-in radio show, and sent a message to a local free
giveaway/swapping e-mail list. the responses have been overwhelming.
It seems there is a wealth of discarded hardware available. I also know
that there are thousands of students who could make good use of this
equipment, and schools, as well, that could use better access to
technology. I am considering, at this juncture, staring a non-profit to
recycle old machines and attempt to disstribute them to needy/deserving
students or schools. I have acquired software from Suse/Novell and/or
can use other software, provided by the K12linux.org project(the machine
in my classroom is running Red Hat Linux 8.0).
I haven't the slightest idea how to begin this endeavour, however, and
am asking for your feedback, advice or assistance.
Freedom to Learn!
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