A really good breakdown there ... the one thing I think needs to be explained more is about making lessons engaging and ensuring that the curriculum is designed to make the most of a 1:1 device. You will publicly hear a number of reasons why such schemes fail ... the finances were wrong ... the technology was not reliable ... the support costs were too high ... the kids were being mugged ... but the one that gets brushed under the carpet is the fact that the curriculum was not making the most use of the devices, whether in school or at home.
You can have the most advanced technology in the world, but if it isn't being used educationally then it is not a worthwhile investment.
There are some really good examples in the UK and US of it being done right, and some of these will be highlighted during the Learning Without Frontiers conference in Jan ... any information we find (Me, DB and ZH) we will share around in our nightly reports on the conference.
Thank you for your valuable comment Andrew. Everyone involved needs to be behind the 1:1scheme to make it successful.
Fantastic blog - this is the bible of 1:1 schemes of how they should and can run! These are the same practices that we follow as a 1:1 scheme provider, without SMT and staff buy-ins ti the use of the laptops it will not succeed.
Very interesting and verr detailed.
Difficult to answer your question fully, as there are so many cost factors to consider.
1. We charge the parents US$1500 for the laptop, software application package, 3 year warranty, case and undercover software.
2. We also charge a yearly technology fee about US$500
3. The cost of the network and backbone structure/servers is difficult to calculate.
4. Training of staff - some cost are included paid for by Apple. On top of this we pay US$4000 per year.
5. My time and costs to write the policies, documentation and presentations.
6.I have a crew of 4 technical staff with an excellent technical manager.
7. The cost of the shop on campus and helpdesk is contracted to our Apple supplier at about US$1000 per month.
Not sure if this was helpful. I can provide more details after the xmas vacation by direct email if required.
An interesting read, and I'll be showing this to my Head as an example of how much work would be involved to implement such a scheme. If you don't mind me asking, how much did this scheme cost and what was the percentage you expected parents to pay? Just looking for rough ballpark figures