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Old computers await recycling at the certified Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council in Baton Rouge, La.

The boom in affordable laptops and mobile devices has left the clunky computers of the past piling up in storage rooms in many schools.

Recycling is the best way to properly dispose of outdated technology instead of allowing it to collect dust or to break down in landfills, says Jim Lynch, director of green technology at TechSoup Global, a nonprofit that connects charities and public libraries with tech products and services.

Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac software, this add-on touch screen kit converts any standard monitor or notebook computer into a touch-interactive device. Often used as an assistive technology tool for students with special needs, Magic Touch can be controlled by fingers, gloved hands, or a stylus, and also can be used with a mouse.


This full-color, poster-design system was developed exclusively for schools and comes with a scanner, printer stand, and educationally-relevant templates and graphics. Teachers and administrators can use the Perfecta 2400 to post academic standards, test scores, infographics, event information, and academic achievements on school walls.

Reader Testimony: 

“The Perfecta 2400 has enabled our staff and teachers to track student data more effectively. Charts are printed for each student by a teacher. Teachers are then able to laminate them and use as a dry erase poster to track the students’ growth.”

—Sara Cutrone, district coordinator, Pendergast School District, Ariz.


Digital citizenship programs, which focus on the safe and appropriate use of technology by students, have never been more important. The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that 31 percent of students have been victims of bullying at school. An important aspect of Digital Citizenship is connecting students’ advancement through the program with enhanced access rights.

“As of fall 2011, 40 states have a state virtual school or state-led online learning initiative, accounting for 536,272 course enrollments, a 19 percent annual increase.” Source: iNACOL Keeping Pace 2011

Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla., performed a full migration of its data center, complete with new storage solutions, more than three years ago. With a $500,000 budget for the conversion—one-third of what surrounding districts had spent for similar initiatives—Lee County couldn’t afford bells and whistles.

According to a recent study, 43 percent of students feel unprepared to use technology in college and work life. SOURCE: e Education Development Center and Nellie Mae Education Foundation


Viewsonic MultiClient

$1,299 per server, $175 per adapter

How times have changed! Eight years ago this month, products on this page included early software for online instruction, a guide for the Mac OS X Jaguar operating system—known today as Snow Leopard—and a pre-cloud computing file saving system.


Black Box


The processing speed, memory size and overall computing power of PC s have advanced at an exponential rate over the years, and the pace shows no signs of slowing. The result for many users—those in K12 schools in particular—is that the power of new computers is far greater than most require for the majority of applications. As a result, a number of desktop virtualization products have appeared in the last several years, which divide a single PC into multiple workstations.