Old Technology is Good Technology

Donations Welcome!

Are you looking to get rid of your old computer, laptop, or monitor? Before you dump it in the trash, consider a local school in your neighborhood. Many private schools are happy to accept your donations. I know we are!

Today, old technology is good technology. Your computer that is three years old and only has 512 MB of ram is perfect! Your laptop that only has an 80 GB hard drive is excellent! Your old digital camera is wonderful! Your small 17″ flat panel monitor is fantastic! Yes, we will take it!

Budgets are tight! Donated computer equipment allows the school to upgrade its equipment without having to spend a lot of money. We appreciate all hardware donations because they allow us to allocate our funds elsewhere. Typically, the money goes to areas where donations are not available, such as software licensing.

Two Inexpensive Ways to Improve Computer Performance

There are two changes I will often make to the donation of a computer to improve its performance. No, I do not change the hard drive (unless it is smaller than 40 GB). The amount of space typically does not matter because the files are stored on the server.

Where I make enhancements are the RAM and network card. I like to purchase inexpensive RAM sticks to bump up the memory of the computer. I also will invest in a gigabit network card to increase the rate of data transfer through the network. These upgrades typically cost $100. This investment is worthwhile because now the school has a machine that it can typically use for about three years.

Companies typically turn over their equipment every three to five years. Back in the day, these older machines were junk. Today, there is a strong possibility this hardware is what your school needs!

What Do you Think?

Does your school accept computer donations? What hardware will you accept? What hardware is not worth the headache?

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TechnoLaurie

About TechnoLaurie

Laurie Gerard, Research and Development - Laurie Gerard is responsible for the research and development center at John Knox Christian School (JKCS). Many years ago, TechnoKids Inc. formed a partnership with the school community to have teachers test our instructional materials. This relationship ensures that the projects are developmentally appropriate, meaningful to students, integrate into the curriculum, and have clear instructions. Laurie works with the staff and students at JKCS to help them operate their technology program. Her duties include curriculum support, computer lab maintenance, and upkeep of the network and server. As a key member of the Information Technology Committee at the school she provides advice regarding the technology program. Her devotion to the school community and their technology program makes her an invaluable member to our team. Laurie's contribution to the blog includes entries about the challenges of integrating technology in a school environment. The technical issues she overcomes related to hardware, software, and networking will be passed on to you in the form of practical strategies. In addition, she writes about the real-world problems faced by a school as they struggle to offer a quality technology program with a limited budget.