A lot of you will have seen this at Bett and you may have spoken to me about it already but do you have any plans for BYOD?
The general problems are:
- management of rollout
- time taken up with repairs
- no time to chase for payments
- poor wireless
- not wanting iPads
These are all valid points however, take a look at our solution - Edugate.
It's a parental contribution program where they can choose the terms and they get to keep the device at the end without any huge final payments!
EG - iPad mini will cost from £12 per month BUT this includes the tablet, a case, 3 years warranty and 3 years insurance!
Management of rollout
You get be as involved as you want to be. The parents sign up via a portal (which we can brand as a school portal if you wish), they enter their details etc and we sort out the rest.
Time taken up with repairs
As I mentioned, the cost includes 3 years warranty so if the child drops the iPad and the screen smashes into a million pieces, they don't darken your door. They go home, the parents log into the portal and report the fault. We then call them, arrange collection, repair it and return the device within 72 hours!
No time to chase payments
When the parent first signs up, they agree to pay by DD. If there are missed payments, we'll work with the parents directly (unless you say otherwise) to sort the problem out.
By rolling out tablets this way, it'll free up budgets for you to improve your wireless, servers, pcs or whatever tickles your fancy! We can also give the school a kickback for every so many parents that sign up.
Not wanting iPads
Unlike other solutions, you're not stuck with Apple. It can be any mobile device (including laptops)
This is just a brief overview but take a look at the attached too. If you have any questions or you would like a demo of the portal, please drop me an email @ firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to help
Great idea, but what are your thoughts on parents who cannot afford to buy their child one.
How is that overcome?
To be honest, we haven't really come across that yet. We've pitched this to different parents in different walks of life and they just see it as the same price as a takeaway or a few packets or cigs.
However, one way round it would be for the school to buy a few iPads on the Edugate program and perhaps loan them out to the pupils that can't afford to buy their own. It'll be covered on insurance so it wouldn't be the end of the world if the child then lost it or broke it.
Another option would be to use the kickback I mentioned. For every some many parents that sign up, we can give the school a lump sum or Millgate credit. You can use that on whatever you like
Another method for those families who cannot afford the extra outlay per month is to make sure that the overall monthly total covers a few extra iPads for those childred who's families just cannot meet the expense. This has been implemented to good effect in schemes we've been involved with up here. One scheme canvassed opinion and found that providing 85% of families could cover the cost then 100% of students could have an iPad.
I was just interested in some feedback on your experience with Edugate/Millgate? I'm investigating the scheme for roll out in my 11-18 secondary and was wondering how you had got on? Company seem very good, organised and keen but they would at this stage when they are trying to get me to sign up! Any negative experiences? Any issues with delivery on the hardware? Another school has suggested there was a big delay but this may have been due to the manufacturer not Edugate.
Can I ask who you used the scheme with in terms of year groups/age? How did parents respond?
Many thanks for your time
I get that schools get extra money for pupil premium students. But that money has to buy a huge range of things for them, and for a school with a few students on pupil premium, that is all well and good. As a school with nearly 40% of our pupils on pupil premium, the school would have to buy huge amounts of iPads to loan to students. iPads that would have to be replaced by the school over and over again.
Some schools might have the money to buy extra iPads to "loan" to students, but suggesting pupil premium money that has some other big demands on it (school uniforms, and employing staff to ensure students turn up and stay in school), I can't help but think that although it may be beneficial to some students, pupil premium money has better uses.