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How to unlock the most value out of your tech assets.

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Article from EdTech Digest | Tech & Learning
April 21, 2014 | By Robert Baker

How to unlock the most value out of your tech assets and streeeetch your tech budget.

Isn’t that everyone’s goal? To get more out of what you have, to maximize dollars already spent and limit funds being committed moving forward? Stretching every tech dollar further by implementing best practices for your current assets, looking at alternative sources of acquiring new assets and filling in budget gaps with creative funding are a number of ways

The easiest place to start is with your current IT assets, namely your high ticket, high volume devices like laptops, desktops and tablets. The way the assets are tagged, tracked and cared for can unlock more value than you might know and make management even easier.

Does a second-grader need a brand new iPad Air? Or could a refurbished iPad 2 at one-third of the cost be used to realize the same results?

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Introducing Give Mac

MTSlogoMac to School has launched our new charitable arm called Give Mac.

We are now donating a portion of our Macs and iPads to schools through our Give Mac program.

Give Mac is currently in a pilot program with select schools and giving partners.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please visit our Give Mac page http://www.mactoschool.com/give.html

 

Charter School Saves $245,000 on Macs

Opening a new school can be costly, especially when you’re equipping students with the latest technology. But students at one new California charter school have access to the best EdTech devices on the market, and school leadership has room in the budget to spare.

Since the Academy of Arts and Sciences opened, administrators have purchased more than 350 refurbished MacBooks from Mac to School, the K-12 sectors leading provider of refurbished Apple devices.

“We searched everywhere for the highest quality technology available within our budget, and Mac to School was a perfect fit,” said Sean McManus, CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. “Each time we’ve ordered from them, their customer service team has worked with us to make sure we get exactly what we need.”

While the district could have paid more than $350,000 to buy new technology directly from Apple, Mac to School was able to save them $245,000 on purchasing refurbished technology.

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NSBA 2014 Conference

Mac to School exhibited at the National School Board Association conference in New Orleans April 5th -6th.

This was our first time at the show and our biggest booth yet. We were able to connect with superintendents and school board members from all over the U.S. Special thanks to all those that stopped by!

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CUE 2014 Pics

Mac to School exhibited at the 2014 CUE conference in Palm Springs, CA on March 20th – 22nd. It was great conncecting face to face with California educators. The weather was awesome and we made some new friends along the way.

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LAUSD Saves $50,000 with Mac to School

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As featured in eSchoolNews

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While the ambitious but costly tech rollout in L.A. Unified schools has made national headlines, one middle school in the district found a budget-friendly way to give students access to high-quality education technology.

Thomas Starr King Middle School purchased 35 MacBooks and 40 iMacs from Mac to School, K-12’s leading provider of refurbished Apple devices.

“Thomas Starr King is one of the highest performing middle schools in the greater Los Angeles area. To maintain the bar we have set so high, it is imperative our students have access to the highest quality technology available,” comments Mark Naulls, principal at Thomas Starr King.

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District Administration Article

 Repair? Refresh? Recycle? Replace?
What districts need to know when hardware begins to break down

Featured in DA Magazine. By: Monica Rhor

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 9.03.44 AMJust five years ago, Chawanakee USD, a small rural district nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains in northern California, and the North Kansas City School District, a suburban district located just north of Kansas City, Mo., were at the starting lines of the digital revolution.The two districts were about to launch 1- to-1 laptop programs. For Chawanakee, that meant buying new MacBooks for the 280 students in the district’s only high school. For North Kansas City, that meant leasing 7-inch HP mini laptops for its 6,000 high school students.

But that was just phase one. About three years in, both Chawanakee and North Kansas City wrestled with a quandary that all 1-to-1 programs eventually face: What to do when devices become outdated or need repairs.

There are several options. Districts can spring for the repairs or replacement parts. They can charge parents fees to cover insurance or damage. They can choose a leasing agreement that allows for new devices every few years. They can replace their entire inventory with the latest model. Or they can opt to buy refurbished devices when the old ones cycle out after three to five years.

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Mac to School in Gaggler

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Mac to School’s buyback program got a shout out in the February issue of The Gaggler, Gaggle’s newsletter.

“We love meeting so many of you at trade shows and events around the country. Earlier this month during TCEA, we met a great, young company that can help you make money on your old computer equipment. If you have computers that are no longer being used, take a look at Mac to School and see if they can help.

Mac to School purchases used Macs and iPads directly from schools like yours. Why just leave old equipment in storage, or pay to dispose of them yourself? Get free pickup, free shipping and the most money paid for your school’s used Macs. ”

You can checkout the full issue here:

https://www.gaggle.net/wp-content/uploads/The_Gaggler_Vol9Iss7.pdf

CUE 2014

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Mac to School will be exhibiting at the 2014 CUE conference in Palm Springs, CA on March 20th – 22nd.

We’ll have our booth set up with some inventory demos as well as Mac to School t-shirts and other goodies.

Stop by and say “hi.”

CCSA 2014

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Mac to School will be exhibiting at the California Charter School Association (CCSA) conference in San Jose, CA on March 3rd – 6th.

We’ll have our booth set up with some inventory demos as well as Mac to School t-shirts and other goodies.

Stop by and say “hi.”

TCEA 2014 Pics

Mac to School exhibited at the 2014 Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin, TX on February 3rd – 7th. It was great conncecting face to face with our Texas customers and meeting new friends along the way. Big thanks to all those who stopped by and we look forward to next year’s show!

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FETC 2014 Pics

Mac to School exhibited at the 2014 Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida. This was our first Florida show and although cold and rainy, was a huge success.

 

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TCEA 2014

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Mac to School will be exhibiting at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) conference in Austin, TX on February 3rd – 7th.

We’ll have our booth set up with some inventory demos as well as Mac to School t-shirts and other goodies.

Booth # 2526

Stop by and say “hi.”

Texas School District Saves Thousands on Refurbished Apple Products

Getting more mileage out of tech budgets a priority in TX Schools

 Featured in eSchool News

(TRINITY, Texas) – When balancing the budget of an entire school district, expensive new technology is often among the first to be cut.  But administrators at one Texas district have found an option to put more high-quality technology in their students’ hands, using a fraction of their previous budget.

 

Trinity Independent School District purchased dozens of refurbished Apple products, including MacBooks and AC adapters, from Mac to School, K12’s leading provider of refurbished Apple devices.

 

Buying refurbished products from Mac to School allowed us to give our teachers and students access to the best technology available while staying within our budget,” said Barry Coleman, the district’s director of technology.  “We’ve placed multiple orders with Mac to School and have been thrilled with the results every time.”

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