Thursday, November 19th, 2009 | Sustainability, Uncategorized
Does a dust cover for a piece of computer equipment serve a useful purpose?
You don’t notice how dusty computer rooms are until you look into a shaft of sunlight coming through the window. The dust particles are so small that you won’t see them in normal light, but there are thousands – hundreds of thousands – of specks floating around.
Some schools are dustier than others. In schools with old ceiling boards, dust particles are falling down all the time – just climb through the trap door and you will see how much dust is up there! Schools near the sea battle against fine sea sand and some areas are prone to dust storms.
Dust is damaging to computers, data projectors and interactive whiteboards. It makes sense to protect electronic tools against a buildup of dust when they are not in use, particularly at night, over weekends and during vacation periods.
Dust covers don’t have to be expensive – in fact a school may acquire them at no cost. They are easy to manufacture and can be made of cheap plastic, vinyl or cloth. Manufacturing dust covers is a worthwhile project for mothers and other community members – not only will they render the school a service, but the undertaking gives the community an opportunity to be involved in the computer facility of the school. Covers can be obtained commercially if the skills or equipment to make them are not available locally – but first see if they can be produced by the community.
An added advantage of having dust covers in the computer facility – perhaps the greatest one – is that appreciation for the equipment is enhanced. Learners are made aware of the value of technology and a feeling of I-am-responsible-to-care-for-precious-apparatus is engendered among them.