How do we supply laptops, tablets and other devices to every student and educator?

The number of devices schools can use is rising, and the price of those devices is falling.  But most schools still lack the funds necessary to provide these devices to their educators and students.

Overview

  • Students from low-income facilities cannot afford computing devices at home

    • Only 48% of low-income students have access to a computer at home.
    • Just half of high schoolers own a mobile, Internet-enabled device.
    • Inequities in access prevent more schools from adopting BYOD policies.
  • Schools cannot provide adequate device access to students because of logistical and budget constraints

    • 69% of teachers cite lack of computers as a major obstacle to incorporating technology into their teaching; 63% point to lack of funding as a root cause.
    • 50% of schools have seen an overall decrease in their IT budgets compared to 3 years ago, and only 31% of schools have a dedicated IT staff member.
    • Facing tight budgets and limited support, schools refresh their device inventory every 6 years on average, compared to the recommended 3 year cycle.
    • 52% of schools report having computers that run Windows 2000 or earlier; 15% report having Macs that run on OS 9 or earlier. These operating systems are incapable of running many innovative solutions, such as Dreambox or Grockit.
  • Schools do not provide adequate access to devices because of mindsets opposed to their use

    • 65% of school administrators are against the use of mobile devices in learning.
    • Although 100% of teachers have access to computers, only 22% report using them “often.”
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Current Efforts

  • The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has increased funding and partnered with Apple to acquire discounted laptops to increase device access

    • 1:1 student to device ratio in 100% of middle schools and 55% of high schools

  • Idaho’s Children Come First makes sure that schools have both the devices and the mindset to employ them in teaching and learning

    • $13 million per year devoted to devices and associated professional development. All of Idaho’s schools will have a 1:1 student to device ratio by the 2015-16 school year.

  • Google leases chromebooks to schools for $20 per student per month, including a 3-year warranty and full IT support

    • Affordable for schools because the lease model allows them to avoid large capital investment up front, upgrade hardware after 3 years and save on maintenance