Bandon school shows initiative with voluntary technology project

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Posted on: 20th January, 2015

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Bandon Grammar School teachers Trevor Collins and Darren Platts are passionate about promoting proper Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) use with young people. They have recently undertaken a voluntary project to help develop technology resources in schools around Bandon called DOTIE: Donating Old Technology Into Education.

The idea of asking local firms and individuals for their old PCs and laptops came from a shortage of ICT equipment in local schools. Trevor explains, “as a local secondary school teacher who teaches computers and as a parent with kids in a local primary school, it is obvious that the best way to teach young people about the strengths and advantages of computers is to get them familiar with computers from a very young age.”

“Schools have ever more restricted budgets while companies and households change their computers every few years…so why not match up the two? If we can empower our youth with the correct skills and proper usage of computers, then we are preparing them for their future.”

So far DOTIE has sourced 20 computers but a lot more are required for the approximately 2,500 students in the Bandon area.

Trevor and Darren are looking for any old PC or laptop lying about the office or home, taking up space. Preferably, the PC will have a flat screen monitor, main terminal, keyboard, mouse and appropriate leads. Any laptops will have both the laptop and quite importantly, the appropriate power leads.

Obviously security of data is always important and the following shall be done with all equipment received: First the hard drive on the unit will be erased and the memory re-written so that the unit is completely clear of any data. This is done to ensure that any private information stored on the unit cannot be used by anyone else, to eliminate any potential viruses and to ensure that the refreshed unit can operate as efficiently as possible.

Computers and laptops can be collected or you can arrange to have them dropped off somewhere that suits. Email  bandonscholsictinititive@gmail.com or leave a message on 086 2388999. Information has also been posted on www.bandon.ie and on the Bandon Town Facebook page. If you would like a particular school to get one of your old computers then just let them know of your preference on collection.

Trevor and Darren’s long term plan is to help create an environment where the students of Bandon become ICT literate, thus giving them greater opportunities in the world of tomorrow.

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