It is important to remember that, when you plan your 1:1 programme (where every child has their own device to use in class and at home), you remember that it is not just the computing device but a package that provides support and protection. Equally, when you launch a programme to your parents and pupils that they understand this as well.
As a minimum we believe that your package should include the following:
- The computing device – possibly with a modified specification for memory / RAM / WiFi
- Extended warranty – to cover the life of the programme
- Insurance – to cover the device in school, at home, and on school trips
- A case or cover – ideally one that is insurance approved to reduce your insurance premiums
- Anti-virus software
- Access management / parental control software – to control what they see and when they can use the device
Your package may also include standard software for communication and course work to suit your individual approach to their integration. You may also wish to include a Bluetooth keyboard to go with a tablet.
You may well be able to get your supplier to pre-install any standard software for you, but if they won’t then you should do this yourself rather than trusting it to your pupils or parents who may be uncomfortable doing so and cause more problems.
By providing the complete package you are not only protecting yourselves but also demonstrating to your parents that you have given this a lot of thought and are very serious about the value of introducing the programme.
There will always be parents that will just look at the cost of the basic device and say they can buy it cheaper so it is vital that you present the 1:1 programme ‘package’ and not the device.