mission! And yes, it was frustrating being the lone voice in trying to convince my colleagues how important and useful it was to integrate technology into their everyday classroom practice. Besides being a cost effective solution, technology use helps in classroom management for teachers. I had some ELL students and the computer use helped them with their communication skills. I still have a number of these computers in a storage unit on Long Island. (hint, hint)
My advice would be to start, if you can,. by obtaining donations of computers and asking your tech teacher or a tech savvy friend to set up a linux network in your classroom. I know you're one of those professiinals who are always buying supplies for your class. This is a larger(in size) not necessarily in expense, purchase.