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May 2001

Computers for Learning
http://www.computers.fed.gov/School/user.asp
GRADE LEVEL: Professional

CONTENT:
The site is designed "to streamline the transfer of excess federal computer equipment to schools and educational non-profit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need."
AESTHETICS:
This site has a very simple layout but is not unattractive.
ORGANIZATION:
Links to the main sections of the site are clearly delineated on the main page, and each internal page has a top navigation bar with a link back to the home page.
REVIEW:
This site provides an opportunity for schools to register to be awarded surplus federal computer equipment, such as computers, printers, modems, routers, and servers. Any school that serves prekindergarten through grade 12 students is eligible whether it is a public, private, parochial, or home school as long as it is located within the United States or its territories. Priority will be given to schools showing the most need. A technology tutorial is provided for creating an overall plan for addressing computer needs and assessing the suitability of different types of computer equipment. The Web site also includes information on how to find assistance if computers require upgrading, how to contact volunteers with technical computer knowledge, and how to arrange for free shipping. Visitors can also view the success stories of schools that have already received equipment.
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