- Increased strain on tech support
- 4-year hardware replacement cycle
- Have a loaner pool of spare laptops, for when students come in with a broken machine that needs to be repaired.
- Power: need extra power adaptors, extra batteries, access to power outlets
- Broadband is really necessary at home. Offer financial aid for this; survey incoming students as to their home computing set up.
- Tablets vs Laptops? (tablets cost more, are more delicate, but work better for classroom settings)
- School should still offer public labs for specialized applications.
- Managing the user environment
- Ownership of the computers by the kids is a good way to have them invested in keeping the machines running well. Robert, who is 2 years into a tablet implementation, discusses issues with that:
- If students buy the computers, you lose that control/standardization
- Antivirus is a must. Student should be able to buy the antivirus from the school
- Forbid students from using software that eats up bandwidth and/or get a network appliance that manages bandwidth use
- Storage issues
- LoJack for laptops: computrace, safeware
- In one school, before letting kids buy tablets/laptops, kids had to take care of eggs for 2 weeks
- For more info, see Student Owned Laptop Programs
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