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.)
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This is awesome technology, recycling refurbished computers! It is exciting to note that this is happening in DC Public Schools, in my school!
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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.
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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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