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Free or low-cost computers for your classroom: they exist!

Thinking about your IT equipment needs? Did you know that OPEQ is an organization that recycles old computers to offer them free, or at a lower cost, to schools, daycare centers, libraries and non-profit organizations. Why do without it?

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Thinking about your IT equipment needs? Did you know that OPEQ is an organization that recycles old computers to offer them free, or at a lower cost, to schools, daycare centers, libraries and non-profit organizations. Why do without it?

The challenge of IT equipment is great. Do we absolutely have to invest in new systems? Should we favor a reduced number of computers or can we dream of equipping an entire room, or even several classes? By consulting the organization Computers for Quebec Schools (OPEQ), one can get good advice and guaranteed excellent opportunities, including some completely free full computers, 100 $ laptops, etc. Too good to be true? Hey no!

Complete computers, servers, laptops, screens and printers are among the products offered by this organization created in 1998 with the aim of managing the Computers for Schools (OPE) program in the province of Quebec. As we can read on the site, “OPE is a national initiative, created in 1993 by Industry Canada, and the Telephone Pioneers to collect and repair surplus computers donated by governments and the private sector. These computers are distributed to schools, libraries and non-profit organizations that promote learning. "

To achieve this, OPEQ joins forces with refurbishment workshops aimed at helping marginalized youth through training and social integration programs and offering them practical work experience in information technology. . Present across Quebec, OPEQ has two sorting centers, six workshops and an administrative center.

Consult the OPEQ website, especially their catalog, to know more.

Such initiatives also exist in other Canadian provinces. To do this, consult:
Computers for Schools (Ontario)
Computers for schools (New Brunswick)
BC Technology for Learning Society (British Columbia)
Computers for Schools (Manitoba)
Computers for Schools (Alberta)
- etc.

 

 

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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