I don't have any stats on our break/loss rates on hand.. but what we did
have were some repeat visitors. The policies should address your policy
on repeated damage. We have charged a $25 annual fee to be able to take
the devices home (grade 9-12) but because we are stating that this program
is mission-critical to our students' success, the upcoming Quality
Standards will leave us unable to charge fees.
In terms of budgeting, we usually aim for the cost of the device (I try to
estimate $25 over the current retail cost of the device, just in case
there is fluctuation between now and order time). Plus a license for the
management software, antivirus if applicable, and carrying case/sleeve. I
also budget for additional batteries, keyboards, and power cords because
those go bad or get lost. I find that for the devices we get for 1-1
programs, the extended warranties are too expensive. We usually get 10-15
extra devices as spares; sometimes if we get a flimsy model it's not
enough. I hear 10% a lot as the spare ratio. We let parents self-insure
through Worth Ave or other carriers, and our $25 fee was self-insurance
for our own losses when repayments didn't happen. I'm not sure what we
will do next year when we can't collect it...
Having a management program that allows you to remotely disable the
devices is great for getting things turned in that don't come within a
reasonable period after the end-of-year collection.
Going beyond the device, consider your infrastructure.. can your wireless
support 1-1? Internet bandwidth? How about instructional devices in the
classrooms like projectors? Teacher 1-1 devices?
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>We're getting fairly serious about starting a 1:1 program next year with
>Chromebooks. We'd like to know what experience schools have with the
>following, to at the very least tell us how many spares we should have on
>What percentage of the devices fail in the course of a year? How many of
>those are failures a normal warrantee would cover, and how many are due to
>What percentage of students lose them? have them stolen? fail to return
>them at year end?
>in addition to the cost of the device itself, how much are you budgetting
>to procure them, and what are you spending that additional money on?
>extended warrantees and/or insurance, cases, apps, what else?
>Are you charging the parents anything for insurance? or is the school
>carrying any, or are you assuming the risk yourself?
>Some of these questions are most pertinent to other schools doing
>Chromebooks, but I'd be interested in the answers especially on the loss,
>theft, breakage questions for other devices, too.
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