We are in the early stages of the information gathering phase for a revamp of our 1:1 student device program. We're currently 1:1 with chromebooks for 3rd through 12th grade, and are hoping to get some input on possible alternatives.
What does your program look like? What do you think works best? How do you handle warranty/repairs?
Any/all input is welcome! Thanks!
We are K-8, and grades 4-8 are 1:1 iPads (class sets in K-3). Initially, we allowed students to bring their own device, but it was difficult to manage, so we switched to school-provided iPads after the first year. Any necessary repairs are handled through AppleCare, and overall, this setup works well for us.
This is a great question! As a non-profit organization started by educators, we have worked with over 400 school districts in the last 3 years to support their 1:1 program. We have seen a variety of implementations including take home, classroom cart-based, and daily check-out. Each school has a unique culture and resources, and we can provide insights on what works and what doesn't. Message me directly if you'd like to just get on a call to talk through your challenges.
We are PS-8th with 1:1 iPads for K-6th, and 1:1 Mackbook Airs for 7th-8th. We get extended AppleCare for all devices and after that expires our organization covers the expense of repairs (with some internal difference of opinion about the efficacy of the later). We have almost zero damage in K-4th (devices primarily stay in student homerooms). Grades 6th-8th can take their devices home and because of this - and the fact that they change rooms each period - creates circumstances for damage (mostly cracked screens). Teacher involvement monitoring how students handle their devices is key as well as having user agreements that parents and students sign. Overall I can't imagine delivering a quality education any other way. Good luck!
We are a K-12 school in Hawaii. Here's the breakdown for our school:
From the management perspective, iPads are much easier to deploy and manage than laptops. There is significantly less damage with iPads vs laptops.
We started our 1:1 program in 2011 with iPads for 4th - 12th grades. Currently, we have 1:1 iPads for all students Pre-K through 8th grade. We use MacBook Air computers for grades 9 through 12. All students grade 4 through 12 can take their devices home with them and have them 24/7/365. Our Pre-K through 3rd grade devices are assigned to each student but they remain in the classroom and they can only us them during the school day. The only exception for this so far is during Covid when we let everyone take their device home or if a lower grade student has an extended absence for some reason and needs to work at home.
I am always happy to talk with you about our program and what has worked well for us, how we manage them, etc.
We are a 2yr old - Grade 12 school.
We have 1-1 iPads for K-3. They have charging carts in their classroom and do not take them home. *We don't get Apple Care. The repair are so few we self insure.
Grade 4-5 have Lenovo 11e's on carts. They rarely take them home and have bags if and when they do. *These computers we do get warranty & Accidental damage, but since they rarely take them home we don't have a lot of repair on these.
Grades 6-7 have Lenovo Yoga X13 - Students lease to purchase these and we have depending on when they enter, a 3yr or 4 yr lease and they own then at the end but have to get another one when the warranty & Accidental damage coverage ends. We are a self maintainer and do repairs on site. Lenovo pays self maintainers a specific amount for each repair which off sets the cost of the employee. We purchase 2 spares each yr and have spares for students when needed.
We are in our 19 or 20th yr, doing 1 to 1 for grades 7-12.
We are 3 yr old - Grade 12th.
We decided several years ago to move from a mix-bag BYOD program and iPads to a mac laptop program. It's still currently BYOD, but students must bring a late-model mac laptop, late defined as no older than 3 years. We have some additional specifications to ensure they have a machine that will be appropriate. We also instituted a robust scholarship program to ensure all students had access to a high-quality mac laptop regardless of family income. We buy the same machine for our scholarship students as we do for our fac/staff, which is the current model 13" macbook air.
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