Locke141
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Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:51 pm

While in a meeting with a colleague, I was surprised to discover five 2000's era Dell PC's running windows XP. After a brief discussion on what she is using the computers for and what she would like to use them for, we migrated all 3 to much nicer, safer, modern, and faster Lubuntu Linux.

About a week later I started my first Donors Choose project to bring a Raspberry pi computer center to the class room. It was such a big success that I have now gotten 5 Centers funded, with a 6th underway, not sharing a link for an unfunded project.

Just wanted to share as it's been a huge hit all over my school and it's simple enough for others to replicate.

I plan on sharing updates on this twitter @MrGaun.

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:14 pm

Although WindowsXP is the 21st century...

Good :-)

How do you setup your Pi network 'centres'.
Individual SD cards or PiServer/PiNet ?

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:28 pm

bensimmo wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:14 pm
Although WindowsXP is the 21st century...

6.93% of all laptops & desktops are still running it :lol:
Webserver stack: 2x Pi 3B | 1x Pi 3B+ ||| Pi Zero W for fooling around

Working on a soccer prediction web app:
https://github.com/MaxVMH/mijnscore
Attempt at writing up-to-date tutorials on making a Raspberry Pi webserver:
http://blog.mijnscore.be/

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:25 pm

Microsoft no longer provides support for Windows XP, unless you pay really big bucks. This means there are no more security updates and many security programs may not work now or in the future. You should look at upgrading to Windows 10. You could do a cost study to see what an upgrade to windows 10 would cost compared to buying the Pi and all the accessories to get an equivalent computer. You will need the Pi, case, power supply, SD cards, an HDMI to VGA patch cord.

You may also need to consider the time to install and teach the use of CUPS, and Linux, and substitute software when there is no exact match for a Windows program.

Not so long ago the UK health system came to halt because they were on XP and did not update their systems with the latest patches. Note that the UK is paying Microsoft for continued XP support.

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:18 pm

I should a elaborate a bit more, but first things first, my above mention project got funded in less than 24 hours.

The laptops running Windows XP were not connected to the Internet. They were only used to run games installed from CD-ROMs. After I migrated them to Lubuntu, they were a loud back on the network.

The 21st-century reference is more to the fact that this particular teacher went out and found a bunch of old laptops, rather than having no computers at all.

Before I started this series of projects, or as I have been referring to them, my personal guerrilla war to drag my school into the 21st-century, the majority of classrooms had no computers for student use.

I've now have received 6 R-pi centers funded and just posted my seventh. Thats over $5,000 in cloud funding. Most of the expense goes to the 1080p monitors, but with out the R-Pi's none of this would even be possible.

Right now all the Pi's are running independently but am going to be migrating them to Pi-net when time permits. I'm the physical education teacher and this is all being done in my spare time.

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:41 pm

Security will be a big issue, so check for some on-line or local college courses.

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:13 pm

Security? you mean with piNet?

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:13 pm

gkaiseril wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:25 pm
Not so long ago the UK health system came to halt because they were on XP and did not update their systems with the latest patches.
That has actually been debunked though the myth persists. The evidence shows it was mostly Windows 7 PC's which were infected, XP systems were largely immune. Amongst many -

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/0 ... r-problems

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:18 pm

Locke141 wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:18 pm
I should a elaborate a bit more, but first things first, my above mention project got funded in less than 24 hours.

The laptops running Windows XP were not connected to the Internet. They were only used to run games installed from CD-ROMs. After I migrated them to Lubuntu, they were a loud back on the network.

The 21st-century reference is more to the fact that this particular teacher went out and found a bunch of old laptops, rather than having no computers at all.

Before I started this series of projects, or as I have been referring to them, my personal guerrilla war to drag my school into the 21st-century, the majority of classrooms had no computers for student use.

I've now have received 6 R-pi centers funded and just posted my seventh. Thats over $5,000 in cloud funding. Most of the expense goes to the 1080p monitors, but with out the R-Pi's none of this would even be possible.

Right now all the Pi's are running independently but am going to be migrating them to Pi-net when time permits. I'm the physical education teacher and this is all being done in my spare time.

..are you aware that the RPT / RPF have a x86 Debian Stretch with Raspberry Pi Desktop Release ???

https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/r ... i-desktop/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/stretc ... an-update/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/piserver/

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/gpio-expander/
Adieu

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:44 am

gkaiseril wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:25 pm
...an HDMI to VGA patch cord....
(a) Such a thing doesn't exist. HDMI to VGA takes active conversion to change the digital signals to analog, and
(b) Why would you need one anyway when almost all monitors made in the last 10 to 12 years have either HDMI or DVI-D inputs and a simple cable will suffice.

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:36 pm

Yes, but went with Lubuntu as it was my default for old PC's. All the Dell's are now in a closet, they may make a comeback in the Gym just for Stepmania.

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:06 pm

hippy wrote:
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:13 pm
That has actually been debunked though the myth persists. The evidence shows it was mostly Windows 7 PC's which were infected, XP systems were largely immune. Amongst many -

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/0 ... r-problems
The article mentions "other problems" but does not detail them. From 30 years is IS Auditing and the lack up updating their OS, I expect that their whole attitude toward updating their systems and administration skills resulted in out of date anti-virus software, updated privileges, not making sure incremental backups and full backups were completed successfully and completed on time in a regular schedule.

Since the issue went on for some time I expect that there was no complete cleaning of all systems before reestablishing the network connections and that those 7 rouge computers kept reinfecting the entire network.

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:07 pm

Not that the HHS IT issues aren't interesting, but here is a list of links to my already funded Donors Choose (DC) computer lab projects. I'm up to just under $5,000 in funding just on my DC account and I have had supportive colleagues do the same. I'm not going to post to live funding campaigns here as I'm trying to spread this idea not fund my projects, if your interested in my current live funding campaigns it's not be hard to find.

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/ge ... m/3028234/

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/cr ... d/3066911/

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/an ... s/3111236/

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/ye ... t/3127219/

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/jo ... r/3111353/

https://www.donorschoose.org/project/ra ... p/3111347/

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:52 pm

Are we missing the point of this thread? This educator has replaced ancient Windows technology in the classroom with Raspberry Pis, using an amazing crowd-sourced funding model (donorschoose.org), allowing for a physical computing opportunity for his students. That's amazing, and more relevant than how many computers in the UK health system were running x version of Windows.

I applaud your efforts, Locke141.

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:39 pm

Douglas6 wrote:
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:52 pm
Are we missing the point of this thread?
The point appears to be crowdfunding such as Donors Choose can allow schools which don't have an IT budget obtain Raspberry Pi. The alternative is to ask parents to send SD cards and Pi Zero computers along with the supplies of toilette, tissue and copy papers that are usually asked for--maybe not so easily done, depending on the education, involvement and prosperity of the parents.

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:03 am

The 7th class lab is now funded!!!
https://www.donorschoose.org/project/jo ... h/3181653/

I have also posted the nest two to Donors Choose.

As for asking our parents for money, we do but over two thirds of our student population live in poverty, 5% of her students currently live in the homeless shelter system, we also have a large refugee population. Money's tight.

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat May 05, 2018 8:59 pm

This project has had an amazing impact at my school. We are now up to 7 classroom labs installed and have 4 more up on Donors Choose (DC) right now. These will be my last DC projects of the year.

I highly recommend trying to copy theses project in your own school. Here is a link to my DC teachers page so any one can see evolution of the idea.
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Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Thu May 17, 2018 3:06 am

Just got another class room lab funded in my school. We are now up to 9 fully funded R-pi computer centers, all which are made up of at least 4 R-pi computers.

We are now over 34R-pi computers total!!!

Locke141
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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:18 am

This week was the end of the 2017-2018 school year here in NYC.

Since mid January we have funded 12 computer centers. Thats over 50 R-pie's, 48 1080p monitors, mice keyboards, 3 3D printers, and 4 robots . All of this for around $12,000 and the help of Donors Choose.

I'm trying to get other teachers to copy this idea. Interested? Check out this video I made on the project: https://youtu.be/qrSE1BSNFuw

If you need to sing up for a DC account please use this referral link: http://share.donorschoose.org/mLMFs

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Re: Dragging my school into the 21st century.

Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:10 am

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