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Mr. A from Costa Mesa CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Extremely Inexpensive Computers for Math Students

The 3 "black boxes" change 1 computer into 4 computer workstations for students to use online math software.

  • $352 goal

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At a continuation high school (10-12) serving at-risk students, online math software could be used to let students complete credits quickly. Most students would be online if more computers were available. Generally, students prefer computers to direct instruction. Unfortunately, while each student needs to surf math websites, only a few computers are available. Stretching a personal computer so that more than one student can use it at a time would lower the cost of computing. This can be done because the computer processor (i.e. chip) sits idle most of the time. Sharing the processor between four workstations (monitor/keyboard/mouse) would allow more students to use software inexpensively from both hardware and maintenance standpoints. The cost of computers in school districts is not commonly discussed. In my district it costs over $1,450 to install one new computer, including tables and chairs. If NComputing's X300 is purchased, one new computer plus three workstations would cost $1,700 for everything, not $5,900. If funded, an existing computer, old monitors, keyboards, mice, tables, and chairs will be used. Effectively, each workstation would cost $75 - not a bad price! Students use online Algebra, free exit exam, free consumer math, and free office software. Workstations give them access. Extreme specialty applications, such as video editing, may not run fast enough. That's OK. This grant helps achieve 1:1 computing by delivering low cost, basic computing for four students, instead of one.

Mr. A
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
NComputing X300 Ultra Thin Client • CDW Inc. $226.42 1 $226.42

Materials cost

$226.42

Vendor shipping charges

$22.64

State sales tax

$16.42

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.66

Fulfillment labor & materials

$17.00

Total project cost

$288.00

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$63.22

Total project goal

$351.22

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$351.22

5 Donors

-$321.18

Donations toward project cost

-$288.00

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$33.18

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$30.04

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$0.00

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