Used hardware is technology that has been put to previous uses before the present one. It can be pedagogically helpful in challenging common assumptions that the newest technology is always the best. It can also be much more affordable than the latest models.
Go to your institution's surplus auction
Many universities and other educational institutions auction off large quantities of hardware that is still very functional. This is an easy way to obtain used hardware, as well as to explore with students their institution's habits and practices around technology.
Build a media archaeology lab
Create an environment where students can comfortably explore, repair, and use older technology.
How to use it
Often, old computers that run poorly on newer versions of their intended operating systems (e.g., Mac OS, Windows) run much better on Linux distributions. Try that!
Newer, more expensive hardware.
- Kirby, Jay and Lori Emerson. "If, or, Using Media Archaeology to Reimagine Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Lori Emerson." International Journal of Communication 10 (2016)