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We’re finding that most school districts will not standardize on one device. Curriculum choices and cost are two of the biggest factors that lead to multi-device solutions for 1 to 1 or BYOD programs. iPads, Chromebooks and other tablets need to work in the same environment. That takes planning. This is where Troxell can help.
Deciding what’s right for your district? Talk to your Account Executive at Troxell about pricing and leasing options for Chromebooks and Kuno Tablets. No matter which devices you choose to deploy, Troxell can be your #1 source for devices. We can help you decide which devices are right for you, and get you started, with a test run or a full deployment. Configuration services are also available. No matter which device you choose, Troxell can supply you with solutions for the devices, accessories and management tools.
As you know, mobile devices require a robust device management system and a learning management system. Get both from Troxell. Troxell can provide solutions for iPads and Chromebooks. Troxell is the only nationwide reseller for Lightspeed Systems, and this comprehensive solution can manage nearly any device. Lightspeed has an LMS as well. For Chromebooks, Troxell provides Google Management Console for management. These two solutions will cover most 1:1 and BYOD asset management needs.
Call your Account Executive for pricing today. Bundle pricing for Google OS Management Console also available.
Curriculum choices and content costs drive many of the decisions about which mobile device to purchase. Sharing of devices matters, too. Sharing an iPad? Sharing a Chromebook?
There are decisions and tools to use to make sharing work. Many teachers and district administrators are evaluating the optimum way to acquire and deliver their selected curriculum and content.
Districts are also evaluating the best way to comply with newly developed PARCC testing for Core. Need help navigating? Call Troxell’s Bob Berry for a 1:1 Consultation: 800-352-7912 ext. 4000
For more info on PARCC testing: http://parcconline.org/parcc-assessment
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Here are Five Tips on How to Fund Your 1:1
Strategies taken from an article by Ellen Ulman, 6/24/13, Tech & Learning, techlearning.com
Strategy #1 – Rework the Budget
Some schools are giving up some things to go 1:1 instead. They focused on what they wanted teachers and students to do, not the device, and were willing to give up some things to get iPads and Tablets.
Strategy #2 – Save for a Rainy Day
Some districts try to add money to their capital funds bucket when they can. This is where big ticket items go, like buses and renovations, so when there is an overage somewhere, those extra funds get put here to fund the purchase or lease of mobile devices. Buying e-books instead of textbooks can save 10 percent or more. That overage goes to the 1:1 fund.
Strategy#3 – Cut Back Elsewhere
To help fund 1:1 programs, some districts are finding money by saving on things by not printing or mailing literature, like the Student Handbook. E-books and open source materials can also save quite a bit of money.
Strategy#4 – The Bond Method
Parents agree that 21st century technology is the future of learning and they have been showing that support by passing technology bonds. Bonds have done well in many school districts, including Cedar Park, TX ISD –30,000 tablets were purchased with part of a $367M bond that passed in May 2013.
Strategy #5 – Leasing
Some districts are saddled with nine and ten-year old computers and servers, and 1:1 really creates some gaps. The upfront I.T.costs for 1:1 can be daunting, so leasing might be a better option. Costs can be spread over three years, and that inventory and disposal cost is not on the books at the end of the lease.
Your Chromebook Decisions Made Simpler
Deciding on Chromebooks? Think about your chosen apps and curriculum… To ensure that Chromebooks are a good fit for you and provide the type of experience you seek for educators and students, review this “Product Fit Checklist.”
o Does your district want to use Google Apps for Education?
- Chromebooks use Google Apps exclusively for Education to authenticate users. GAFE authentication only works with users who have the latest version of Apps, often called GA+ or merged namespace.
- Chromebooks require customers to have their passwords stored at Google, even when using Single Sign On (SSO).
o Do you currently use applications that run outside of a web browser?
- Chromebooks are built to access web-based applications and do not support locally installed applications
- If you need access to any installed applications (Microsoft Office), you will need a virtualization solution
- Chromebooks do support Citrix, RDP solutions such as Ericom AccessNow and other technologies, such as Desktone®.
o Have you tested apps in the Chrome browser without plug-ins like Java and Silverlight?
- Some applications do not support the Chrome web browser or have limited features when running in Chrome OS.
- Some applications require a plug-in like Java to run in Chrome.
- Chromebooks have Flash built in, but they do not support most plug-ins.
- Ensure your apps work in Chrome OS by testing them in the Chrome browser after disabling plug-ins.
o Do the schools need access to any local devices such as printers?
- Chromebooks support a limited set of connected hardware: keyboards, monitors and mice
- Printing is achieved through Google Cloud Print,and it can be configured with any printer.
- Chromebooks do support USB flash drives and a variety of memory cards.
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