Superhero Laptops4Kids

WE CARE ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER.
Not about the things that don’t.

JUST LIKE YOU.

On January 6th 2021, the world suddenly became a harder place for parents of primary school age children.

We have put together a group of wonderful people to help get free laptops to primary schools.

Help us in any way you can.

TECHNICAL VOLUNTEERS AT HOME
Converting a windows laptop into a chromebook is simpler than it looks thanks to the CloudReady software that Google kindly made available for free to the world in Dec 2020.

After the necessary faffing around to get in the windows laptop ‘BIOS’ screen, the conversion takes about 30 minutes and I have now managed to get a production line going where I do 6 at a time on my dining table.

However, as the volume of laptops ramp up, there is always a need for other to help doing this.  I would be grateful for the help and you would get to see Tara regularly to guarantee a smile!

If you have a little technical knowledge and can help, please fill in the form on this page and I will be in contact to see how we can work together.

SKILLS REQUIRED

Use keyboard and mouse
100%
Use chrome browser
85%
Use Social Networks
70%
Have superhero powers
100%
Use a hammer
50%
If a 5-year old can do this in 30 minutes, so can you!

Want to do it for your own child?

It's really easy and we are here to help you.

If you have a old Windows computer yourself and you have a child who needs one urgently, click here for full video and written tutorials.   Don’t forget that Laptops4kids superheroes are also available on the Facebook group Laptops4kids.  So feel free to ask them or any other members for help.

Multiple times a week, at 8:00 PM, I host a ZOOM meeting to introduce people to what we do and carefully explain to them how we do it.

I need your email address please

Go on. Have fun. You've always wanted one!

Can I have your mobile number please?

That's a wonderfully kind offer and I absolutely will take you up on it.  I'll call you to chat and maybe to swap some stories.  Thank you and keeping positive and offering to help the cause. Smiling helps!   Prem 07770833999
DELIVERY AND COLLECTION POINTS
Tara is spending more and more of her time collecting and delivering laptops from and to wonderful people.  In today’s Coronavirus world, people are understandably reticent to meet even to exchange old laptops.  Even when Tara isn’t actually human.

So, I am hoping that we can arrange for local community delivery and collection points where laptops can be collected from and delivered back to.  Tara could then make very efficient runs to collect and, if they are not being donated to schools,  return laptops.

Time is the issue here.  We need to use our old laptops to ensure the continuing education of our young children.  Every day makes a difference to their life chances.

So, if you are a post office, local business that is open or an individual who could help, please fill in the form on this page with your offer of help and we will be in contact to see how we can work with your kind offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Windows Laptop PLEASE SEE THE MINIMUM SPECIFICATION BELOW
  2. Chromebook Laptop
  3. iPad Tablet
  4. Android Tablet

MINIMUM SPECIFICATION

The beauty of the Google software is that it will install on almost any 64-bit windows PC.  That’s PCs (roughly) less than 10 years old.  It uses very few resources compared to Windows and will motor along on almost any spec PC.

Minimum Specifications;

  1. Windows laptop under 10 years old.
  2. The power supply.
  3. The PC needs to be able to start up.
  4. Has to have a USB port

NOTE: Very sorry to say that at this time, we can’t use Apple Laptops. (Unless you can tell us how we can!)

It takes about 30 minutes to install the Chromebook software onto a Windows laptop.  Of that time, around 20 minutes is automatic, so you can easily do multiple laptops at a time.  We would estimate that it takes about 10 minutes hands on the laptop to convert it.

We use a bootable USB Rom with the Chromebook operating system pre-installed on it. When we install that onto the laptop’s disk drive, it overwrites the windows format with a UNIX one.   The file system is completely destroyed. The windows files are no longer recoverable. If the donor wants to make sure that all data is completely overwritten, we ask them to use dban to erase it prior to donating it to us. That software is free, open source and highly effective.
If we can’t install Chromebook on the newly wiped laptop disk drive, we take the drive out, sledgehammer it and will take all the bits to the recycling centre.  A terrible waste of the Earth’s resources but with time being of essence here, I have no other option if I want to protect the data of the ‘donators’.

Collection centres are our ideas to help us get as many laptops as we can in as short a time as we can.  We would ask local stores and businesses that remain open during the lockdown to advertise that they can accept laptops and consolidate them for us to pick up.

Please do tell us that you are a collection point so that we can direct donors near you to your address. Thank you.

No we do not.  Because we are a group of unfunded individuals that have got together to do what is right at this time, we do not have the resources to PAT test the laptops and power supplies.   We supply the units to you in good faith, just as we would had we given away a used laptop on Facebook, Gumtree or any other platform.

If you are concerned about the safety of the device, please have it tested by a local electrician.

More information can be found here.

No we do not.  Because we are a group of unfunded individuals that have got together to do what is right at this time, we do not have the resources to offer any warranty on the laptops we convert.

We test the donated laptops by installing the Chromebook operating system on them and doing some brief configuration. We do not do an exhaustive test and so it may well be possible that you discover intermittent faults are not found by us.  I’m sorry.

We supply the units to you in good faith, just as we would had we given away a used laptop on Facebook, Gumtree or any other platform.

The process we use is that the laptop is donated by us as individuals to the parents.  Just as you would gift something on any one of the online marketplaces where there is no liability incurred. We make it very clear that the converted Chromebook are not PAT safety tested nor come with any warranty.
We decided that as the laptops would be donated to the children, we would ask them to ‘Pay it Forward’ and find someone else who needs a laptop and pass it to them.

We felt that it introduces children to the concepts of sustainability, reusing technology instead of throwing it away and the pleasure of charitable giving.

A wonderful 12 year old, Annabelle, took on board what we were thinking and has designed some stickers for us.  We place one on each laptop we deliver.

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE IF YOU WANT THE LAPTOP BACK.  WE CANNOT DO THIS.

I NEED A LAPTOP FOR MY CHILD

We know it's terribly frustrating to have to magic up a laptop for each child. Click here to register your need.

Give your child Tara's love and explain that we will try as hard as we can to get them one the Chromebooks that have been donated by the immense kindness of others.

IN A NUTSHELL
Converting a windows laptop into a chromebook is simpler than it looks thanks to the CloudReady software that Google kindly made available for free to the world in Dec 2020.

With the government imposing a further lockdown on the 6th January 2021, Primary School children suddenly had to study online and from home. Many young families with multiple children suddenly found that they needed a Chromebook computer for each of their children. We can only imagine the stress and difficulty in finding even more money to buy those Chromebooks when the world of employment is so uncertain. Many parents are in an impossible situation.

Staring in a little village called Helpston, near Peterborough, we have rapidly recruited the help of wonderful individuals across the village, area and nation.  Each on volunteering a great deal of their time to helping get Chromebooks into the hands of desperate parents.

If you need a Chromebook for your primary school child or grandchild,  please register their need here.  We can't guarantee that we will be able to help but we will try our very hardest. At the very least, you'll get a nice email and a smile from Tara!

I HAVE AN OLD LAPTOP THAT I'D LIKE TO DONATE

We all have one somewhere. Find it and click here to register your donation.

If your laptop  starts up, has a power supply and is under 10 years old, please, please donate it to us. A child somewhere will be smiling a lot.

IN A NUTSHELL
Do you have an old Windows PC or Chromebook at home that you are not using any more?  We bet you do!  Almost everyone has.  In a cupboard, in the attic or under the bed.

If it’s under 10 years old, I can probably convert it into a Chromebook suitable for a local primary school child in desperate need for one.

All we have to ask is that it will power on and that you have a power supply.

Time is the issue here.  We need to use our old laptops to ensure the continuing education of our young children.  Every day makes a difference to their life chances. So please find that laptop and donate it fast!

Register you interest to donate here and we will be in contact to see how we can get it collected, converted and donated to a needy child at home.

I'D LIKE TO BECOME A LOCAL SUPERHERO

Anyone can do it. Very very little technical experience required. Click here to find out more.

So far, 21 superheroes across the UK have joined Tara and are doing this very easy conversion and getting Chromebooks to desperate parents in their area.

IN A NUTSHELL
Converting a windows laptop into a chromebook is simpler than it looks thanks to the CloudReady software that Google kindly made available for free to the world in Dec 2020.

After the necessary 2 minutes of faffing around to get in the windows laptop 'BIOS' screen, the conversion takes about 30 minutes and I have now managed to get a production line going where I do 6 at a time on my dining table.

However, as the volume of laptops ramp up, there is always a need for other to help doing this.  I would be grateful for the help and you would get to see Tara regularly to guarantee a smile!

If you have a little technical knowledge and can help, please take a look at this in more detail and I will be in contact to see how we can work together.

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