Just seeking some feedback in regards with how BYOD schools are dealingworth the issue of equity devices? Do you provide loan devices? Lease deals? Classroom computers? Or nothing?
Any info appreciated.
It's a small point in response but Mark Osborne will be a good contact here (as I'm sure you know:-) - the issue of equity is something he explores when he speaks on BYOD > http://www.vln.school.nz/blog/view/694697/managing-byod-at-albany-senior-high--notes-from-poriruanet.
Indeed. I have picked his handy brain already - they provide plenty of desktops. I have to agree in that I have some classes I teach in that have a number seek desktops available as supplementary devices - it works really well. But in traditional learning spaces (I.e. lots of individual classrooms)would be a lot of desktops. But then again maybe they might last longer?
Diane here, facilitator of 12 schools in the Far North. One of the low decile schools I work with, offered a lease programme to parents for netbooks. They worked in with their local business/technical support people and offered 3 payments throughout the year. The netbooks remain at school during the year, but at the end of the year they are theirs to take home - has definitley worked for them.
We have 20 Netbooks that we use as 'Loaners" for students who cannot afford a device or broken theirs and need a temp for a while.
The students who could not afford one have by and large saved for one or we have quietly helped and are down to 4 currently with no device and 8 other loaners out due to a machine break down or breakage.
We will buy another 10 or so next year when we expend the program the wee netbooks seem to be lasting well.
Students pick them up at 8.30 and hand them back in by 4.30 and generally keep the same machine.
also ment to mention that the leasing companies are happy to set up a lease to own system through your school, If you put it on the schools master lease agreement it is a little cheaper than HP terms but the school carries the risk. If the company do it thenabout the same as HP terms from a big store. Companies like Cyclone computers will also help with a lease type arrangement direct with parents and the big stores like Noel Lemmings and Harvey Norman and the good guys will offer alsorts of deals interest free and deferred payment etc but not so much on apple products, (no margin anyway)
The key for us was that the school did not want to become a finance comapany or a tech support / warrantee agency
Found this discussion really helpful. I am in a small rural school with 120 students. I was concerned about the impact of the haves and have nots in our community, however I notice that a surprising number of my less affluent families have children with iPod touches and even cheaper tablets they are keen to be able to bring to school.