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Free Computers


Free Computers

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Looking for solutions to curb e-waste and lessen the digital divide? is a program developed in Portland, OR to provide free computers to the community.  Anyone can qualify - they simply need to donate 24 hours of community service to the Freegeek organization.  Freegeek volunteers are taught how to refurbish donated computer equipment or provide other assistance to the organization, whether tech-related or not.  There are limitations to what type of... More
Material Type: Case Study
Date Added to MERLOT: November 12, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 14, 2014
Submitter: Karen Wisdom


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Language: English
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Avatar for Branka Sarac
8 years ago

Branka Sarac (Student) can teach one a valuable lesson on how to be a good citizen and help those in need, but also, by volunteering, learn more about technology without attending extra workshops. This site can serve as an example and the base for a social studies project. By being divided into research groups and given them a task to explore, students could have a better understanding of social, economical issues, public policy and civic practice. The only weakness is the donation part. If one must donate, even such a low amount, that defeats the definition of donation – contribution on a voluntary basis. (See: Required fees and Suggested donation)

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It is very easy to navigate through the site.
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