Nice job. Our local primary school has been fund raising recently - their swimming pool has failed so they need a new one. We have raised >£8000 in less than a year. This is for a school of 75 pupils in what is defined as a deprived area....so I really believe that with the right team, external fundraising for the appropriate cause can reap huge benefits.W. H. Heydt wrote:Bearing in mind that the plural of "anecdote" is NOT "data"...here is an anecdote...jamesh wrote: It would be interesting to know how many schools are actually having this problem. It's a crying shame, and practically criminal, that schools have been buying 'up to date' LCD monitors that do not have any sort of digital input, bearing in mind DVI and HDMI have been around for YEARS. Of course, it's actually quite difficult to buying a monitor without digital in nowadays (and has been for a while), so if schools are still doing so, that is a complete waste of taxpayers money and someone is ripping them off.
My grandson is in first grade. In his classroom, there are 4 computers that the kids get to use. When I first saw them, two of them had panel monitors and two had CRTs. None of the monitors was over 15" diagonal. Since then, being in the process (as I find them...cheap) of migrating from 17" panels to 19" panels, I donated a 17" panel to the classroom. The teacher was absolutely delighted for the upgrade. I plan to donate another when I decide on which one to part with.
The school is--according to the teacher--trying to migrate to all LCD monitors, but budget.
(Last year, when he was in kindergarden, I donated two 15" VGA-only panels to his teacher. The screen size and resolution stayed the same, but she was very happy to get more desk space in front of the monitor.)
So for all you out there with surplus monitors that are old, small or obsolete, but still in good working order, I have no doubt that you can find a grateful school to take them off your hands. It does help to write down make, model, and specifications (just look it all up online and write the data on a 3x5 card). If a monitor goes directly to a classroom, you will probably be asked to hook it up. At least at the level I've been dealing with schools, there is a certain amount of fear-of-tech (or, possibly, fear of union) from otherwise competent teachers. (Be sure to bring all needed cables along, too.)
I'm sure people are right now saying "SWIMMING POOL?". The answer to that is that I live in an area with an awful lot of rivers, and roads running next to rivers. Learning to swim could save lives. When asked, the huge majority of parents wanted the pool replaced. Hence the fundraising. But the point remains - if you need LCD's with DVI and don't have them, perhaps do some fundraising. It's hard work, but worth it in the end.