Good planning Technology donations—laptops, software, internet access, networking, PCs, and personal digital assistants—can help schools keep their classrooms relevant. Donations can become a PR nightmare, however, when a lack of clear guidelines makes it difficult to "just say no" to a community partner who wants to unload outmoded or incompatible equipment.

To get the donations your students deserve, get a team of colleagues together and draft a policy that maps out your goals, criteria, and technology specifications. Processes for handling donations—from identifying a single point person or department to take phone calls and

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