zag (21st May 2014)
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
zag (21st May 2014)
It's also worth having a read through this. This wasn't done via Edugate but it shows a positive impact using1:1 devices
Bett Show 2015 - The Positive Impact of Launching a 1-1 iPad Project (The Data from Hove Park School)
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
Very interesting scheme!
There could be a huge market for this as SMT are always talking about getting 1:1 devices into students hands, but schools can rarely afford it themselves.
We are signed up to this Scheme, very positive feedback so far but not fully live yet.
Costs: You are always going to find those who are not happy but this time around we had more happy Parents. The School can also choose to help those with twins/financial problems etc.
Sounds very promising this scheme as i'm trying to push a 1:1 deployment and you seem to mention that a school could just purchase and give the kid them to use which for us would be good.
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.
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