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Technology

Organization’s Priorities for Implementation of Technology

The first phase of the project is to provide residents access to the hardware and software, this includes access to the Internet.  The second phase will address the information literacy needs within the community and focus on increasing awareness about the potential uses of technology as well as providing residents with the knowledge they need to use technology as a means of empowerment. Residents will come to understand.

  • The practical application of various software applications.
  • About the Internet.  How it is organized; what are its effective uses.
  • About the type of information that is available to them on the Internet.
  • How to search for critical information on the Internet; evaluate authority; and, how to use it effectively and responsibly.
  • How to download and save information retrieved.
  • How to organize information.

The long-term success of this project, therefore, will depend on the following priorities for implementation:

  • A computer network will be made available to residents.
  • The network will be maintained on a regular basis to ensure all workstations are running efficiently.
  • Residents will have access to computers when they need to use them.
  • Residents will have access to software applications that meet their needs, including bilingual operating system and software on several machines.
  • Residents will have unrestricted Ethernet or Wireless access to the Internet.
  • Residents will have varying levels of permission rights to software, depending on their needs.
  • Residents will receive training on software and information search and retrieval.
  • A Gateway or Bookmarks list will be provided on each workstation that provides links to information related to the needs of the community.

Resources Available to Implement Technology at the Organization

  • Space
  • Electricity
  • Internet wiring
  • Additional funding (provide budget)

Resources GSLIS is able to Provide

  • Ten to twelve refurbished workstations (monitors, keyboard, mouse, CPUs) installed at the site.
  • Installation of the Windows 98 operating system, and open-source educational and productivity software such as the Open Office Suite
  • Installation of the Windows XP operating system if licenses are provided by the Co-op.  (provided the licenses are in the possession of the students prior to the computer installation date.)
  • Installation of open-source security software including a software firewall, anti-virus, and spyware protection.
  • Network components, including cables, and switches.
  • Installation of extra software and/or peripheral devices provided by the Co-op (provided the items are in the possession of the students prior to the computer installation date.)
  • Installation of wireless internet router if provided by the Co-op.

Resources Organization Can Provide for Technology Implementation

  • Internet service from a DSL provider.
  • Any additional software and/or peripheral devices desired and provided by the Co-op.
  • A Wireless Internet router for wireless internet access to the Community Center.
  • Licenses for WindowsXP if desired.
  • Space for computers- each computer needs to be at least 24″ deep plus space for the keyboard, 30″ width for the workstation, and 24″ of legroom.
  • Space for peripheral devices (if needed.)
  • Workstation furniture.
  • Electrical power for the lab, including a dedicated 20 amp, 120 volt circuit for each group of eight computers.
  • Adequate cooling.
  • Any peripheral hardware, such as printers or scanners.
  • Power strips and surge protectors.
  • Computer security kits if desired.
  • Training to residents on the use and care of the lab.