Today we spent some time in Ms. Salter’s classroom at Mifflin Elementary School in East Falls. She requested 10 laptops to use for Google Classroom assignments, typing practice, creating papers, and doing research for projects.

Since we do not have a Tech-Master program up and running at Mifflin, Ms. Salter offered her 4th graders to help refurbish the ten laptops PCF donated to her classroom.

The students learned to boot the laptops from an external USB Flash Drive, erase the internal hard disk and to install the ‘image’ onto the machines (which mirrors our master machine including the various accounts and settings).

While the machines were copying, we took an old desktop apart and talked about the moving parts and answered questions from students.

After we were finished, Mifflin’s new TTL Ms. Adeshigbin (who we used to teach 3D Printing with at Henry Elem.) offered her assistance to help connect the machines to the school’s wi-fi network. (On the school district’s network, each device’s Mac address needs to be registered in order for it to work.)

We had a great time and hope we were able to impart a little computer information along the way. And most importantly, we hope our computers will help Ms. Salter’s efforts to teach her students basic computer skills and incorporate their use into her curriculum.

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