June 25, 2014
As teachers and administrators gear up to adopt and implement the Common Core State Standards, it is critical for the technology in their classrooms to be up to par as well.
To ease that financial burden and meet these tech requirements, Mac to School, K-12’s leading provider of refurbished Apple technology, is taking care to ensure that all of its MacBooks are Common Core-ready for educators nationwide.
The technology requirements for Common Core assessments, as laid out by PARCC and Smarter Balanced, require devices to have a minimum of 1GB of RAM as well as the ability to run iOS operating systems 10.4 (Smarter Balanced) or 10.6 (PARCC). Every Macbook from Mac to School comes with a minimum 2GB of RAM and runs OS 10.7 or later.
“The Common Core standards are presenting new challenges for educators and administrators alike, making it even more important that our devices are not only affordable, but help them meet these new challenges with ease. Each of our refurbished MacBooks are not only compatible with the tech assessment requirements for the upcoming school year, but several years after that,” said Robert Baker, co-founder and president of Mac to School. “We’re giving educators a low-cost technology solution that allows them to focus on learning, rather than on their devices.”
Buying refurbished MacBooks from Mac to School can also alleviate the financial burden on a district. 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 fact that Mac to School offered MacBooks that were already prepared for Common Core was one of the main reasons we chose to partner with them,” said Sean McManus, the CEO of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. “Getting top-quality EdTech for such a low cost was just the icing on the cake!”