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DateFriday, February 05, 2021
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RTÉ Launches Tech2Students

Tech2Students Supports Disadvantaged Groups So No-One Gets Left Behind as Learning Continues Online in 2021

RTÉ’s Eoghan McDermott and Blathnaid Treacy endorse the Tech2Students campaign

RTÉ has launched the Tech2Students campaign to get laptops to students who need them most around the country. 

Tech2Students, an initiative by Camara Education Ireland and Trinity Access (Trinity College Dublin), seeks to bridge the digital divide so no-one gets left behind as learning continues online in 2021. 

 

Tech2Students has been repurposing laptops and chromebooks for Leaving Cert students from disadvantaged groups including those in DEIS schools, in direct provision, adult learners in vulnerable groups, as well as youth groups such as Foróige and An Cosán. RTÉ is lending a hand to supersize the initiative and has brought An Post on board as delivery partner alongside ESB, NUI Galway Access Centre and Rethink Ireland.  

 

RTÉ’s Eoghan McDermott and Blathnaid Treacy (pictured) endorsed the Tech2Students campaign. Eoghan said; "Thousands of students around the country are shut out of virtual classrooms and are falling behind. We need to change that! We’re calling on businesses and individuals to make a donation at techspace.ie with the aim of raising 1 million euro or 5000 laptops."  

 

Blathnaid added; "No student should be left offline and we can make a difference. Go to techspace.ie to find out how to donate, either money or a disused laptop.  Every laptop counts and goes directly to someone who needs it."

 

Marianne Checkley, CEO of Camara Education Ireland, said; "It's critical for us all to get together and act on the growing digital divide across the country. Students who are completely disconnected from their teachers and schools over the last year are making amazing efforts to keep up in challenging circumstances. We need to get them back on a level playing field so they have the opportunity to fulfil their potential." 

 

Dr Cliona Hannon, Director of Trinity Access, said; "1 in 2 Leaving Cert students in many DEIS schools do not have access to an adequate device for online learning which puts them at a significant disadvantage. This is one practical way we can support young people by connecting them to learning and to each other." 

 

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HOW DO I DONATE MY LAPTOP or CHROMEBOOK (not more than 5 year old)? 

Go to www.techspace.ie  Fill out the form.  You will be contacted by the Tech2Students team.  They will send you postage labels and postage instructions.

Wrap and package your laptop and charger securely and affix the labels provided.

Go to your local An Post office with your packaged laptop. An Post FreePost will deliver your laptop to Tech2Students.  

 

WHAT HAPPENS THEN?

The Tech2Students team (from Camara Education Ireland and Trinity Access) will restore the laptop to factory settings at their workshop and securely wipe all data from the hard drive using a certified process. A fresh operating system will be installed and they will then deliver the refurbished laptops directly to schools and organisations allowing under-represented groups to excel in their studies, whatever the next few months bring.   

 

HOW LONG WILL THAT TAKE?

On average after you deliver your laptop to the post office, it will have been refurbished and delivered to a deserving student within two weeks.  

 

WHO IS GETTING THE LAPTOPS? 

Devices will go to exam and other students in disadvantaged circumstances who need this technology to continue their education.  These include those in DEIS schools, in direct provision, Irish travellers and mature students from lower-income socio-economic areas.

Principals, teachers and youth workers from anywhere in the country are free to apply on behalf of the students who need them.  

 

FAQ   

My laptop is really old. Can I still donate it?

They are looking for old devices but they do need to be usable. For this reason they are accepting devices which were manufactured in 2015 onwards.  They want Chromebooks but not tablets.   

 

My laptop isn’t working / can’t connect to the internet / is missing it’s charger: Can I still donate it?

Sorry, but the device should be functioning as they do not have the capacity to do any hardware repairs.    

 

What about my private information on my laptop?

The disk on your device will be completely erased (reformatted in fact) before it is passed on, so all your files and information will no longer be available on the device. If you wish you can pre-wipe your laptop at home.. Either way it will still go through the secure process at the repurposing centre (based in Trinity East, Dublin 2).    

 

Will I get my laptop back when the students have finished using it?

No. Laptops will not be returned but will remain in the possession of schools/organisations and can be used by many more students in the years to come.   

 

I don’t have a spare laptop but I’d like to donate money, is that possible?

Yes! Go to www.techspace.ie and donate. All donations, large and small, are welcome and 100% of your donation will go towards purchasing or repurposing laptops for students.   

 

I don’t have a device but I do have a monitor / keyboard / mouse / headphones etc I would like to donate, can I? 

The number one priority is getting devices to students but if you have equipment that would support student online learning, they will gladly accept your donations.   

 

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