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Re-purpose idle technological devices

Create a system where unused technological devices (e.g. old laptops or ipads) are collected and donated to students in need

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  • Student

Tell us about your idea

My proposition to create a system where unused technological devices (e.g. old laptops or ipads) are collected and donated to students in need aims to alleviate the issue of inequitable access to learning materials and devices between students.

One way this idea could be implemented is through schools:

  • Schools can set up a system where families donate unused (but functioning) laptops or ipads which the school then distributes to students who are in need of digital resources to learn. 
  • by re-purposing these items, we are reducing waste whilst simultaneously providing students with access to devices they may not otherwise be able to obtain, thereby improving the equitable distribution of technological learning devices. 

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I wish to leave behind exams as the primary method of assessing students intellectual capabilities. Most exams do not account for students other capabilities, such as interpersonal intelligence (i.e. people smarts) or kinaesthetic intelligence (i.e. body smarts).

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

As someone who has been privileged enough to have access to technological devices such as laptops, I would like to be given the opportunity to re-purpose my old items to someone who needs them, rather than having the devices sitting idle. 

What region are you located in?

  • Oceana

Where are you located?

Sydney, Australia

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Gamified Learning

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Hi Anisha, I know their a few regional non-profits that are already doing what you are suggesting. The devices are great, but what about the connection to the internet, wifi and/or broadband? It seems they go hand and hand. Thanks