Petersfield’s largest school, The Petersfield School wants local people to donate unused portable computers to help children get online and study during the Coronavirus outbreak.
If you have an unused iPad, Chromebook or laptop computer you can drop it off at Tesco on the Causeway.
A similar scheme is operated in Liphook for Bohunt School which shares management with TPS.
During the pandemic, children at home are able to continue learning remotely, but only if they can connect. The school has partnered with external organisations to ensure student get strong support with their digital learning.
The school says 12% of UK households do not have a computer but that many people have unused devices lying around the house.
Head teacher Mark Marande told Petersfield Community Radio:
I want to reassure parents that a laptop is not a prerequisite for accessing our remote learning package. It can be done via a tablet or even a smart phone. However, we do recognise that access to digital technology might be a challenge for some families, especially if parents are also working from home and if schools have to remain shut for an extended period of time. Therefore today across the Bohunt Education Trust we are launching a ‘donation of unused devices to support education’ drive.Mark Marande, Head Teacher, The Petersfield School
All donated devices will be provided to local families with children at school so that they can get online and connect to their teachers.
Devices in demand
- iPad 3s or higher
- Laptops capable of running Windows 7 or higher
It is important that any donated devices are:
- Cleaned/disinfected, using ethyl or isopropyl alcohol on a soft cloth (follow manufacturers’ recommendations)
- In full working order, with working leads and power adapters for laptops and Chromebooks (not essential for iPads), and completely reset.
Wipe it before you donate
- Instructions for resetting an iPad can be found at https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201252 or https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/how-to/mobile-phone/reset-iphone-ipad-3296944/
- Instructions for resetting (‘power-washing’) a Chromebook can be found at https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/183084?hl=en-GB
- Instructions for resetting a Windows PC can be found at https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/a29396384/how-to-wipe-computer/