This idea is for NPO people visiting this BLOG. This is ain’t new but I am posting it anyway. The idea is to help and improve the lives of the less privileged. The poorest communities who don’t have resources and access to computer assisted academic apps and progs.
First, collect old unwanted PCs, laptops, and desktops.
This is simple. Make a list of businesses around the area. Choose those businesses that are better off. Get permit from the local authority to solicit. Then prepare a letter of solicitation.
Second, repair and rebuild. Train volunteers perhaps out-of-school youth coming from your beneficiary community. Prepare training modules like the techniques on how to repair, rebuild, reformat, and software installation. Availability of a person with enough skills-knowledge to troubleshoot hardware issues during consolidation and repair of computers. In this phase you are already organizing a pool of technical people.
Third, install free software and open source programs. Here is a suggested list.
(1) Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game or a video to share on the web.
(2) Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
(3) Celestia, a real-time 3D space simulation featuring a database of over 100,000 stars, nearly a hundred solar system, objects, and a complete catalog of extrasolar planets.
(4) Cinelerra is the most advanced non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux. But then again this is for Libux OS.
(5) Childsplay is a suite of educational games for young children, like gcompris.
(6) GeoGebra is interactive geometry software for educational purposes.
(7) GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.
(9) GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software.
(10) Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for GNU/Linux.
(11) KalGebra. Mathh Expression Solver and Plotter.
(12) KGeography, a Geography Learning Program.
(13) KompoZer, web authoring system and WYSIWYG web page editor.
(14) KWordQuiz. A flashcard and vocabulary learning program.
(15) LibreOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project.
(16) Little Wizard. Computer Programming Development environment for children.
(17) Mathomatic. Portable computer algebra system.
(18) MathWar. Game for improving speed at solving math problems.
(19) NUT Nutrition Software is nutrional analysis software.
(20) OpenTeacher is an open source vocabulary training application that helps you learn a foreign language.
(21) StarDict. Dictionary, encyclopedia, word translation and thesaurus lookup.
(22) Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.
(23) Tux Typing is an educational typing tutor for children.
(24) TuxMath is an arcade game that helps kids practice their math facts. The main goal is to make it effective and fun.
Fourth, organize a pool of teacher-leader. Compile a list of beneficiaries. Prepare batch and classes. Monitor and assess.
Lastly, look for donors and donation to sustain the project.