“When used correctly, technology can be an outlet for personal expression as students take the lead in engaging in meaningful and creative activities.”
Great quote and article from EdTech Digest
Great quote and article from EdTech Digest
July 8, 2015
Read Scholastic’s Tech Tools review of Mac to School here:
By Carlos Garcia
Summer might mean a long respite for students, but not for IT directors. When I was an ed-tech director for several California school districts, I was too busy responding to problems and meeting teachers’ instructional needs to do much IT planning and assessing during the school year. But summer brought a chance to take a deep breath, take stock of my ed-tech inventory, and prepare for the following year.
Here are some strategies for doing this effectively in your own schools.
Summer is a good time to re-evaluate your current software licenses to determine whether they’re still meeting your needs.
Do you have any pilot projects or free software trials that are ending? If so, how did these go—and is it worth subscribing to continue using the software?
June 8, 2015
The Ed Tech Round Up did a great review of Mac to School.
Article featured in EdNET Insight
By: Robert Baker, Co-Founder, Mac to School
May 22, 2015
With industry reports indicating that investment in ed tech companies hit $1.87 billion in 2014, it’s no surprise that many entrepreneurs and companies in the consumer sector are considering entering the education market or have already begun making inroads. What many of these business leaders quickly discern is that education is a unique industry and that it’s critical to understand the differences between these markets to be successful.
As students complete the first round of high-stakes tests aligned with the Common Core standards, what can school and district leaders learn from the process that can help them better prepare for these next-generation online assessments next year?
Posted in the THE Journal
April 4, 2015
The Columbus School District in Wisconsin serves a small community south of Madison, with only three schools and 1,300 total students — about 30 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. In other words, we’re just a typical small school district trying to make the most of our limited ed-tech budget.
March 18, 2015
January 15, 2015
By Carlos A. Garcia
Amid all the chaos, it can be easy to let general maintenance slip under your radar. But in my years as a tech director for districts around California, I realized that staying on top of the small things helped me be more prepared to handle big issues as they arose.
So I came up with five essential “tech checks” to complete at the beginning of each calendar year, and I hope they’ll be as helpful to you as they were to me.
November 3, 2014
Article featured in THE Journal:
Mac to School, a company that sells refurbished and recertified Apple devices to schools, is beefing up its buyback program, aiming to purchase $10 million worth of used technology from schools in 2015.
“Mac to School frequently works with districts that are looking to make room in their budgets to purchase newer ed tech — for example, selling iPad 2s to finance the purchase of iPad Airs,” according to a news release. “By selling the older assets back to Mac to School, districts can lessen the financial impact of a big ed tech purchase.”
Devices that the company decides are too old to resell are given to schools through its Give Mac program.
“Our mission is to provide a high-quality, low cost recertified Apple device option for districts across the country,” said Robert Baker, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Mac to School, in a prepared statement. In order to do that, we partner with schools and districts to purchase their older devices, providing them with additional funds to use as they see fit. It is a priority to keep these devices in education. Once purchased, they are recertified and offered to those looking for more Apple devices at a lower cost.”
October 22, 2014
Mac to School Co-Founder, Robert Baker, was recently interviewed by EdTech Times.
You can catch the full Q&A here:
September 9, 2014
By: Robert Baker Featured in Getting Smart
Picture this: You just invested in the “latest and greatest” EdTech for your schools. It’s a big purchase, but surely you can find ways to cut back in other areas, right? One month later, there’s something “later and greater” on the market, and now you don’t have the budget to afford the things you really need.
Thankfully, with a little creative financing and some strategic planning, you don’t have to blow your budget to get the best EdTech available. Here are 10 tips to help educators and administrators get the most bang for their buck.
See the entire article here:
July 8, 2014
Mac to School was featured in the “Fifty from ISTE” ed-tech services from eSchool news!
“Mac to School said all of its refurbished MacBooks meet the standards for taking Common Core assessments—and the devices offer a cost-effective way to get technology into the hands of students as schools prepare for the exams.
For instance, California’s Academy of Arts and Sciences recently saved $245,000 by working with Mac to School rather than buying new technology directly from Apple, the company said.”
Check out the entire list here: