GEAC Guidelines for
The most significant and crucial benefit for donating your unused technology is that you get to help children in need—those who would otherwise struggle or be completely unable to gain access to modern devices which increases their isolation. When children in micro-schools are able to connect to the world, they benefit from new avenues for learning as well as creating global connections for them.
Your old computer might have some life left in it, so here are some smart options for donating
If your computer is between two and four years old, and is in good condition, please consider donating it to micro-schools that could put it to use.
Make sure to include the keyboard, mouse, printer, modem, packaged software and all the power cords. Micro-schools in remote areas have difficulty finding parts that are missing.
Before you clear your computer of all personal information yourself, make sure all your information is backed up to a jump drive or the “Cloud”. Then, wipe clean the hard drive (by reformatting), so it is ready for the next user. Alternately, use one of the following disk-cleaning utilities if you can’t reformat the hard drive, from http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/ten-tips-for-donating-a-
Macintosh Disk-Cleaning Software
- Disk Utility (it comes with Mac OS X and can be found in the Utilities folder)
Mobile Device Data Erasure
So, now you are ready to make the connection! Thank you for choosing to make a difference in a child’s life. You will never regret it!