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Updated March 25, 2015
The Surprising Way Schools are Saving Money on Ed Tech
With technology advancing and changing faster than ever, how can educators and schools keep up? The answer: refurbished ed tech.
With technology advancing and changing faster than ever, how can educators and schools keep up? The answer: refurbished ed tech.
 
The Emergence of Refurbished Ed Tech
 
Teachers and administrators are turning to refurbished educational technology for better learning experiences on a reduced budget. Refurbished machines save time and money, and gives instructors a wider range of teaching options for students. We paneled some of the top minds in education to learn about the impact refurbished tech is making on education.
 
The Benefits of Refurbished Ed Tech: Savings
 
School systems across the nation run on tight budgets. While per-student spending remains at an adequate level in select districts, it can hardly cover the cost of new devices for every child, especially with rapid advances in digital media.
 
“Refurbished technology is a great way to get more devices into the hands of students at significant cost savings,” says Robert Baker, CEO and Co-Founder of certified ed tech provider Mac to School. Teachers need the proper tools to interact with their students in a technology-driven society.
 
Bob Nelson, Superintendent of the Chawanakee School District in California, notes the benefits of saving time as well as money. “What are the benefits of refurbished ed tech… identical machines, thus simplifying the 1:1 environment for purposes of training and support.”
 
His own experience of working with identical devices at the district level over the past six years has given him keen insights into the savings refurbished equipment provide.
How Ed Tech Has Changed: Access and Efficacy
 
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Published August 02, 2012 |
Internet Access at School: What is Appropriate?
We examine the issue of Internet access in public schools, particularly in light of recent allegations from a father that his daughter was allowed to visit online dating websites from her school during class hours.
Technology is being used in schools to enhance the academic experience, with a wealth of research resources offered in “real time.” However, access to the Internet also comes with its own myriad of concerns, particularly when it is children in control of the navigation process. One recent incident - where a girl was dating online while at school - exemplifies the need for discussion and action when it comes to keeping children safe on the Internet while they are in school.

Girl Finds Online Dating on School Computer
 
A 17-year-old girl in the Rochester Public School District got more than she bargained for when she went on her school computers recently. The John Marshall student found the online dating website Meetme.com during class time. According to a report at My FOX 47, the young woman made contact with a number of men from the website, many of whom wanted to have sex with her.
 
The student’s father said that because his daughter has special needs, as well as the mental functioning of an 11 year old, the girl’s Internet time is closely monitored at home. However, no one appeared to notice that this student had accessed the online dating site, or that she was sharing personal information like her cell phone number with others visiting the network.
 
Her father told the news station that he realized what had happened when he noticed his daughter had suspicious activity on her cell phone.

“She had pornographic pictures on there and she had
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Published August 04, 2011 |
More Technology Finding a Place in Public Education
Learn about school districts that are finding funds to supply students and faculty with laptops, iPads and other technology tools to enhance the educational experience.
As technology takes a bigger place in the professional and personal world today, it is also finding its way into more and more public classrooms across the country. From laptops to iPads, students are learning to incorporate technology into the learning process to enhance their educational experience overall. This trend does not show any signs of slowing; in fact, school districts nationwide are finding more money in already tight budgets to equip classrooms with all the gadgetry they need to bring their students effectively into the 21st century. This article will take a look at exactly how technology is finding a place in the public school classroom today.

Online Textbooks Replacing Traditional Books
 
Online textbooks do not get lost or stolen, they don’t take up space in a locker or backpack, and they provide a wealth of additional resources - all with a single click of the mouse. It is no wonder that online textbooks are fast replacing the traditional books today. A report in the Kingstowne Patch announced a pilot program in Fairfax County Schools to provide online social studies books for all high school and middle school students this year. To access the online books, students will be encouraged to bring their own laptops to school. Those that don’t have their own computers will be provided one by the district.
 
The schools are also working to ensure students will have the same access to their online textbooks when they are away from the classroom. Peter
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Published October 13, 2010 |
Google Apps: Coming to a Public School Near You
Google is teaming up with public schools to improve test scores, reduce behavioral issues, and save school districts money. Learn about the Google Apps program and the benefits seen by states embracing the technology.
Today's students must be well versed in much more than the three traditional "Rs" that have carried public education for the past century. In order to compete in a global marketplace, students must also know their way around the most recent technology utilized in the workplace today.
 
To help students and teachers in achieving that goal, Google Apps is ready to bring technology into the classroom – in real time, no less. In a recent agreement between Google Apps and a host of states across the country, more and more public schools will see the results of technology in the classroom.
 
Using Google Docs in the Classroom
 
According to a recent entry on the Official Google Blog, Google Apps can provide a multitude of uses in today's classroom, including:
  • Gmail that allows students and teachers to easily communicate with one another
  • Docs that give students the opportunity to turn in assignments to the teacher right from the student's own computer
  • Sites that give students access to assignments, lesson plans and research material any time of the day or night
  • Groups that provide additional opportunities for students to interact with instructors and classmates online
The addition of Google Apps makes the entire classroom more interactive, as teachers have the ability to coach students throughout the course of their assignments, and students have easy access to ask questions and get feedback. The "anytime, anywhere" access allows students and teachers to tailor their work time around their own schedules, rather than restricting them to standard school operating hours.
 
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Published September 03, 2009 |
How Your Child Can Benefit from New Public School Laptop Programs
Learn about new laptop programs being instituted in public schools around the country, as well as how your child's education can benefit from the increased access to technology.
Today's children must be prepared for tomorrow's demands. Considering the paramount role technology plays in nearly every career and industry, developing technological fluency is important for every child.

Understanding the relationship between technology and education, public schools have begun to incorporate innovative laptop programs to help improve student learning and performance. According to ERIC Digest, laptop programs have been part of organized education practices since 1988; however, these laptop opportunities have only recently gained national popularity in the past few years.

By incorporating laptops into public school classrooms, teachers can enhance the curriculum, providing students with extensive research opportunities, access to up-to-date information, and many other learning benefits.

The Learning Benefits of Laptop Programs

As ERIC Digest further reveals, several leading computer companies have actively engaged in research to evaluate the benefits of laptops in public schools. In examining the perks, researchers and instructors report educational advantages, such as:
  • Textbooks are expensive and often outdated, but with laptops, students can engage in up-to-date research through the internet.
  • Students can reinforce their lessons through their laptop's technological tools, including study games, class-specific discussion blogs, and other digital resources.
  • Students are able to edit and correct their writing with greater ease, as the laptops provide students with instant dictionaries, spell checking tools, and thesaurus resources.
  • Students can become versed in technological tools, which will help provide students with greater preparation for their technology-based careers in the future.
  • Students from different financial backgrounds can have equitable access to computer technology, which equalizes
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