Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Giving life to computers, giving life to our classrooms

Teachers, administrators and others in a Washington school are learning how to use computers from a group of middle school students who have been repairing aging computers and learning to use them. The refurbished computers -- part of the GenYES program -- are then distributed to other students, people in the community or become part of the school's computer lab. Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Wash.)
This is awesome technology, recycling refurbished computers! It is exciting to note that this is happening in DC Public Schools, in my school!
Related to the article above, before we left the school today, we were given training on how the QWK2LRN Technology is going to be implemented in my school. I saw how my colleague's classroom was suddenly transformed into a classroom of the future with all PC's sitting on each of the desks of her students. All computers used to be discarded and were given a second life, now running in perfect condition and hooked to the internet. Eight classrooms will be equipped with one computer per student this winter break. I can already imagine the surprise from the students and parents when classes resume in January.
The teachers were touched and emotionally moved. One of my colleagues commented to the presenter: "You're coming here two days before Christmas... Man! This is the best gift for our school and our students this Christmas! Thank you."

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