Bridging the Digital Divide on the Cheap


PURPOSE

5,000 DPS computers are retired each year (i.e. 1st or second generation i3 or i5s with 2GB RAM).  While these machines are not adequate for the DPS network they can have their hard drives cleaned - via Department of Defense Standards - have Linux installed on them and given to one of the approximately 25,000 DPS students that do not have a computer at home.  

OUTCOMES

The “Digital Divide” and “Homework Gap” are pressing problems.  As schools implement “Blending Learning”, computer use is becoming more prevalent in the K-12 sector. Refurbished machines will allow students to access the web, stream videos and use alternatives to Word and Excel by using libreoffice.org.

DESIGN TEAM

Steve Smith, George Awuor, Brendan Landry