The Ed Tech Foundation is a group of volunteers who enrich the lives of children by improving access to modern computer technology. The Foundation sets-up and installs or configures reliable networks, computers, smartboards, servers and other types of technology for community centers, schools, or non-profits.
Since its inception in 2003, The Ed Tech Foundation has helped young people at more than 90 schools, organizations and community centers in the WNY area. "Computer technology is essential to education today as blackboard and chalk was 100 years ago," said Doug Torre, founder of Ed Tech Day. "This is a great way for IT professionals to give back to the community in a very meaningful way," he added. Ed Tech Day is coordinated by its Board of Directors, which consists of volunteers who have been part of the program since its inception. They have the passion to see this Foundation succeed and volunteer their time to make sure it does.
What is "Ed Tech Day"?
Starting October 2012 we are now doing an Ed Tech Day at one site, each month. This will enable us to have a farther reach into the community. We will still be having our big Ed Tech Day on the third Tuesday of August where we do 10-12 sites on that day.
On Ed Tech Day teams of volunteers go into non-profits, community centers, schools or other organizations, which are in need of technology to help better a child's education and work place skills. The teams of volunteers use equipment that has been donated by local businesses or individuals and rebuilt by Ed Tech volunteers or equipment that has been purchased through the fundraising efforts of the Foundation. These volunteers then work together to give each location a "technology make over". They setup new computers, labs, printers, scanners, networking equipment, servers, install wiring and other technology to give the children access to modern day technology and improve their education and skill set.