Over the years i have received many laptop/device donations. This blog is a glimpse into what goes into turning around a donation and getting it into the hands of a student in need.
Donations come from everywhere. I've used people and this site to get the word out on the Computer Equipment for Kids program. Everything from flyers posted in local schools, shops, and restaurants (you can print a flier here) to friend of a friend relationships that have blossomed into great partnerships (like the Our Neighbors Child program we help every Christmas Time). If it works (or needs minor repairs) I'll take it! The only rule i have is it must be WIFI enabled. If you have anything you would like to donate please shoot me a message: email@example.com
Once i receive the donations they make it into the IN BOX where i evaluate the device and get it into the inventory list(a spreadsheet i keep in GDRIVE). I just started actually documenting the inventory a few months ago and now wish I did this years ago. Once inventoried I can now work on the device.
IN PROGRESS - I boot them up, nuke the hard drive, and install an Operating System. My go to in the past was Ubuntu (a Linux distribution) which gave students the opportunity to do anything they needed for school AND coding. I have moved away from it recently in favor of Cloud Ready ( Cloud Ready was created by Neverware). I find that Cloud Ready provides me with an easy install and gives students all google apps needed to do school work/studying. Cloud Ready is very similar to a Chrome Book, you login with your GOOGLE account and you have access to anything related to your account (gmail, gdrive, classroom, etc). if you have old hardware around your house download the ISO and give it a try. If you have questions or need help shoot me an email. If during install or checking the hardware I determine there is something wrong with the device I troubleshoot and put needed parts on the Amazon CEFK wish list available here. If install is successful and no hardware issues are found the device makes it's way into the DONE pile :) and we wait for requests to come in from the community/students for devices. If you know of anyone in need please send them my way: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the device is awaiting a new piece of hardware it goes into the WAITING ON PART pile. Once someone buys something off the Wish List it is delivered directly to me and I can go about installing the part in the device. I try and document the fixes either with photos, blogs, and soon live feeds. So if you are interested in how to fix computers stay tuned. I have been toying with the idea of taking a bunch of computers in need of repair to the local library or Starbucks and having a 'Fix it' night where anyone who wants to help can show up and help or learn. (If you are interested let me know)
That's pretty much it. If you have any laptops/tablets you would like to donate to the program please let me know. If YOU know of anyone in need of a laptop PLEASE send them my way: email@example.com
Thank you all for the support and KEEP LEARNING.