This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping a school that can't afford any amount of classroom computers, beyond the lab they got a grant for, get set up with some classroom computers. KIPP Bay Area is a middle school level charter school in the San Francisco public school system. This is one of the top charter schools - one that parents hope to get their kids into. And they had no computers outside of the grant funded lab. Partimus, a non-profit organization that provides repurposed computers running free and open source software to students and schools which need them, has donated dozens of machines to get these classrooms (and those at several other area schools) into the digital age.
|The video station installs in progress.|
Many of the machines were already running older versions of Ubuntu, or Xubuntu, and I think we did encounted one that still had windows of some vintage on it. In 14 machines, we only encountered one bad hard drive. It's amazing what older hardware is still capable of, especially with the lighter running Ubuntu.
Just as we were cleaning up and heading out of the social studies room, the teacher arrived to do some set up and she was so happy to have internet access for her students to be able to do research. It didn't matter what kind of computers she got, or what OS they were running, she was just so grateful that her students would have access to the whole internet's worth of information.
It was great to get to be a part of something like that.