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TECH2STUDENTS - Fight social and educational exclusion by powering on students

TECH2STUDENTS

Fight social and educational exclusion by powering on students

TECH2STUDENTS

Thousands of students don't have access to a laptop at home. Help us to bridge the digital divide by providing laptops to vulnerable communities.

Tech2Students continues to bridge the digital divide for students.

The campaign was developed in April 2020 by Trinity Access and Camara Ireland in response to the digital divide experienced by students in need. Covid 19 showed that the digital divide is real and remains a huge problem for second-level students, those in direct provision and adult learners in marginalised communities. 58% of students in DEIS schools experience a lack of access to broadband or a suitable learning device.
Tech2Students has ensured that students who are financially vulnerable are not put at a greater disadvantage. Pre-COVID access to a device was a luxury and not an essential part of school life. Now it has rapidly climbed the ranks to be a vital tool for students to succeed in education.
Blakestown Community School, T2S recipient

In Phase 1, Tech2Students delivered over 1,000 laptops to students in the Dublin area. However, our success has only scratched the surface of the #DigitalDivide. In September 2020, Tech2Students received support from Rethink Ireland's Innovate Together Award and this has allowed us to go nationwide. We have partnered with NUI Galway, the NUIG Access Centre, the Galway City Partnership and the Galway Chamber. Our new goal is to deliver 3,000 devices to students in need all over Ireland.

100% of funding donated to the campaign is being used to buy refurbished devices. If you wish to donate, please select the "Tech2Students-TAP Appeal" on our donation page below.

For any queries please contact us at tech2students@ta21.ie

How Does It work?

  1. Fill in the relevant form above.
  2. Laptops are dropped off at our site in Trinity Technology and Enterprise Campus or we collect the device from you/your organisation. If you are making a monetary donation, those funds will be used to purchase refurbished devices.
  3. Laptops are quarantined for the required period of time.
  4. Camara Education Ireland and T2S engineers will restore the laptop to factory settings, securely wiping all data from the hard drive.
  5. A fresh operating system is installed
  6. The laptop is delivered to its new home, helping to bridge the digital divide!

Who is getting the laptops?

In line with the National Access Plan, socially disadvantaged schools and educational organisations are who we target. Our overall goal is to get Tech2Students operational across Ireland to assist all students who urgently need technology at this crucial time in their education. While DEIS students continue to be our priority, we want to expand our efforts into helping ethnic minority students, Irish travellers and mature students from poor socio-economic areas.

Facts:

  • Progression rates to further and higher education for students in DEIS schools are traditionally significantly lower than non-DEIS. For example students from the most affluent parts of Dublin are up to 14 times more likely to progress to university than their counterparts from some schools in the city’s most disadvantaged areas.
  • School closures during Covid19 appear to have particularly affected learning, wellbeing, motivation and engagement of Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate students, with more severe impacts being reported among DEIS schools.
  • Risks of learning regression among groups of students in low progression areas is now a serious concern.
  • Teachers reported frustration at not being able to protect vulnerable students as they normally would in a classroom setting.
  • Teachers who reported a lack of a dedicated IT infrastructure were more likely to report a low engagement among their students.
  • 5th Year students have been particularly affected, having lost substantial class time to complete the Leaving Certificate curriculum.

Tech2Students Brief (PDF 284KB)

FAQ

I am cocooning/self-isolating can I still donate?

Yes! We adhere to the latest government regulations for social distancing

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

We are looking for old devices but they do need to be usable. For this reason we are accepting devices which were manufactured in 2015 onwards.

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 we do not have the capacity to do any hardware repairs. You can see the specification of devices we can refurbish here (PDF 150KB)

I have personal / private documents / photos etc I want to keep from the laptop?

You should back up all files which you want to keep on a USB, external hard drive or to cloud storage (Google Drive, ICLOUD, Microsoft One Drive). This way you can keep your personal documents and photos and still donate your laptop. Note 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.

Will I get my laptop back after Phase 2 is complete?

No, we are looking for people to generously donate their disused laptops to our cause. Laptops will not be returned but will remain in the possession of schools/organisations and can be used by many more students in years to come.

I'm worried about my private information.

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 (see link). Either way it will still go through the secure process at the repurposing centre.

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

Yes! We have added a "Donate Now" button to our website. 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?

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

How do I prepare my laptop for collection?

We ask that you ensure your laptop is turned off and is kept with its correct cables. No need to wrap it up, we will package your laptop and safely transport your laptops to our engineers for processing.

Our Partners

A Special Thanks

A special thank you to those who have donated laptops, given financial support and raised awareness to help us bridge the digital divide. By donating you make a difference to each student’s life and future. Thank You.


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