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Tech to School is now a Promethean Partner
  Tech to School Brings Promethean's Award-Winning Interactive Displays to K-12 Classrooms!   We're excited to announce a game-changer for K-12 education! Tech to School is now an authorized reseller of Promethean's industry-leading ActivPanel® interactive displays. This means schools can get these powerful teaching tools directly from us, along with...

HP Chromebook Comparison: Fortis G10 vs. 11 G9 EE
Here's a breakdown of the key differences between the HP 11 G9 EE Chromebook and the HP Fortis G10 Chromebook: Processor and Performance HP 11 G9 EE: Lower-powered processors like Intel Celeron N4500. Suitable for basic tasks like browsing and light productivity applications. HP Fortis G10: Offers a wider range...

Lenovo Chromebook Comparison: 100e vs 300e vs 500e
  Lenovo Chromebook Comparison: 100e vs 300e vs 500e  Feature Lenovo 100e 4th Gen Lenovo 300e Yoga 4th Gen Lenovo 500e Yoga 4th Gen Form Factor Clamshell Laptop 2-in-1 2-in-1 Screen 11.6" HD (1366x768) TN 11.6" HD (1366x768) IPS Touch 11.6" HD (1366x768) IPS Touch Touchscreen No Optional Yes Processor...

Apple's New Manuals, Specs, and Downloads Page
Apple Unveils Central Hub for Support Documentation Apple has launched a new webpage designed to be a one-stop shop for all your Apple product documentation needs. The webpage, simply titled "Manuals, Specs, and Downloads," can be found on the Apple Support website. This new resource consolidates a vast amount of...

Come see us at CUE 2024!
Ignite Your Teaching Passion at the 2024 Spring CUE Conference! The 2024 Spring CUE Conference kicks off March 21st in Palm Springs, California, and it promises to be a vibrant hub of inspiration, connection, and cutting-edge learning. This three-day event is your chance to reignite your teaching passion, discover innovative...

Unlocking Potential: How K-12 Can Leverage AI-powered Gemini on Chromebooks to Supercharge Student Learning
    How Gemini on Chromebooks Can Supercharge Your K-12 Learning Environment K-12 IT directors are constantly on the lookout for ways to empower educators and enhance student learning. Chromebooks have become a mainstay in classrooms, offering a cost-effective and manageable solution. But how can we unlock their full potential and...

Come see us at CCSA 2024!
  Empowering Educators: A Look Forward to the 2024 CCSA Conference The 2024 California Charter Schools Conference (CCSA) is set to take place March 18-21 in Long Beach, CA. This premier event promises to be a hub for innovation and growth, attracting educators, school leaders, and advocates from across the...

Top Chromebooks for State Testing
Equipping Your Students for Success: Top Chromebooks for State Testing As a K-12 IT Director, you understand the crucial role technology plays in standardized testing. Chromebooks, with their affordability, security, and ease of use, have become a popular choice for schools across the country. But with numerous options available, selecting...

Apple Unveils the M3 MacBook Air
Apple recently unveiled the new MacBook Air M3, raising questions about its potential in K-12 education. While not explicitly designed for schools, this latest iteration boasts features that might pique the interest of both students and educators. Let's delve into the new features and explore their potential impact in the...

Common Pitfalls in Managing Devices for K-12
Managing a fleet of devices that are deployed in a K-12 environment carries many challenges. Here are some of the pitfalls to look out for when managing Chromebooks, iPads or PCs within K-12: 1. Lack of planning and policy: Unclear device selection criteria: Not having clear criteria for choosing devices based...

ESSER 3 Funding Deadline
When is the ESSER 3 Funding Deadline? Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III funds must be allocated by September 2024. These funds can be used by qualifying schools towards the purchase of new technology. As of early 2024, there was more than $90B in unused ESSER III funds available for K-12...

How to Create a Google Workspace for Education Account
How do I Create a Google Workspace for Education account?   Google Workspace for Education is a suite of tools designed to empower educators and students as they learn and innovate together. It is available at no cost to eligible institutions, which includes K-12 and higher education institutions.  Google recommends...

Tech to School is now a SMART Authorized Reseller
Tech to School is now an Authorized Reseller of SMART interactive displays and accessories for the K-12 classroom. You can shop SMART displays for K-12 here > Or contact us for more info on SMART products and to request a quote >

Come see us at TCEA 2024!
Tech to School will be exhibiting at TCEA 2024 in Austin Feb. 4-6. If you'll be attending the show, we'd love to see you. Come visit us at the Tech to School booth (#125).

Tech to School is now an Authorized Rise K12 Reseller
Tech to School is now a Rise K12 Authorized Reseller. Rise K12 manufactures storage and charging carts for Chromebooks, Laptops and Tablets as well as other tech accessories built for K-12. You can shop Rise K12 device accessories here >

Google Chrome License for Education Requirements
For new schools or schools that are new to the Google Chrome platform, Google provides tools for helping to manage Chromebooks and other Chrome devices. In order to take advantage of these management tools, you need to purchase the Google Chrome Management License for each device you purchase.  In order to...

Tech to School is now an Authorized Ubiquiti Reseller
Tech to School is now an Authorized Reseller for Ubiquiti / UniFi networking products. We use UniFi networking gear at our HQ and have been very happy with their setup and performance. We can help your school source UniFi networking gear for your K-12 environment. You can shop UniFi networking gear...

Come see us at FETC 2024!
Tech to School will be exhibiting at FETC 2024 in Orlando January 23-26. If you'll be attending the show, we'd love to see you. Come visit us at the Tech to School booth (#1751).

Apporto - Managed Cloud Desktops for K-12
Apporto is a managed cloud desktop solution platform that provides virtual computer labs for K-12. Apporto enhances students access to essential resources across all devices (BYOD), anytime and anywhere, while significantly cutting total costs by 50-70% and allowing your IT team to prioritize key initiatives. You can learn more about Apporto...

Google Increases Chromebook Lifespan With 10 Years of Updates
Google has announced that is is increasing the AUE (automatic update expiration) date for Chromebooks to 10 years from the device release date. Chromebooks released from 2021 onward will now be eligible to receive security and other OS updates from Google for at least 10 years from release. This increase...

What Information is Required to Order Google Chrome License for Education?
Here is the information that Google requires to order Google Chrome Licenses for Education: Address: The physical address of the school. Example, "123 Little Trees Way" Attention: The main technical contact at the school. Example, "Jane Doe" City: The city the school is located in. Example, "Cupertino" End User Email: The primary technical contact's...

macOS 14 Sonoma System Requirements
The first developer beta of macOS 14 Sonoma is being made available immediately. Public betas will begin later in the summer, and the shipping version will be released in the Fall. Once the shipping version is released, Tech to School will be offering it as a pre-installed OS option for Macs that...

iPadOS 17 System Requirements
  The first developer beta of iPadOS 17 is being made available immediately. Public betas will begin later in the summer, and the shipping version will be released in the Fall. Once the shipping version is released, Tech to School will be offering it as a pre-installed OS option for iPads that can...

USI Certified Products
USI is an organization of leading OEMs, stylus and touch controller manufacturers driving industry standards to promote interoperable active styluses with touch-enabled devices such as phones, tablets, and computing and entertainment platforms. The primary feature of the standard being developed is to define the method by which the stylus communicates...

Windows 10 vs Windows 11 - What's the difference for K-12 schools?
There are several differences between Windows 10 and 11, both in terms of their user interface and their features. Here are some of the main differences:1. User interface: Windows 11 has a new design that includes a centered Start menu, rounded corners on windows, and a new snap layout feature...

Do iPads have AUE dates?
Yes, iPads have AUE (Auto Update Expiration) dates, which determine how long the device will receive software updates from Apple. Apple ensures that all of its devices, including iPads, continue to receive software updates and security patches for a certain period of time after their release. Apple does not use the...

Acer Vs ASUS Chromebooks - What's the difference?
Acer and ASUS are two of the leading manufacturers of Chromebooks in the market. While both brands produce reliable and high-quality Chromebooks, they have differences that set them apart. In this article, we'll compare Acer Chromebooks and ASUS Chromebooks in terms of design, performance, and features.Design:Acer and ASUS Chromebooks have...

How Charter Schools Use New Generation Chromebooks to Win
Charter schools are invaluable in helping to solve the graduation problem for many school districts. These schools saw the change in education on the horizon and implemented strategies for better student achievement. Charter schools’ flexibility adapts to the learning styles of today’s students, many of whom cannot cope with a...

MAXCases X Tech to School
Tech to School is now an authorized reseller of MAXCases cases & accessories for K-12 devices. MAXCases offers a wide range of protective cases and bags designed to fit popular Chromebooks, iPads, Macs and PCs with features that are built for K-12. Sample units are available to order, contact your...

iBenzer Cases & Bags Now Available
Tech to School now offers the full line of iBenzer protective cases & bags for Chromebooks, iPads, MacBooks & PCs. Sample units are available to order, contact your rep for more info. Shop all iBenzer accessories here >

How Montessori Schools Use Devices to Enhance Student Learning
Montessori education has always been focused on child-centered learning, allowing students to take charge of their own education and learn at their own pace. With the rise of technology, Montessori schools have found new ways to enhance student learning by incorporating devices into the classroom. Here are some of the...

Celebrating 20 Years of Service!
April 2023 marks our 20th year in business. A big "Thank you" to all of the customers, employees and partners that have been a part of our story these 20 years, we could not have done it without you!  Our Story Tech to School was founded as Mac Service Solutions in April...

Top 5 Chrome AUE Date Questions & Answers
1. What is the Google ChromeOS AUE date? Answer: AUE stands for Auto Update Expiration. This is the date that Google guarantees that a certain Chrome device will be able to receive ChromeOS software updates up until. AUE dates typically end in June of a certain year. For example, a Chromebook with...

The Best EdTech Conferences for K-12 IT Staff
  Education technology is a rapidly evolving field and keeping up with the latest trends and innovations can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are several excellent conferences that offer K-12 IT professionals the opportunity to network, learn from experts and stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the space. Here are our...

5 Things We Love About LocknCharge Carts
LocknCharge is a brand that specializes in the design and manufacturing of device carts for K-12 schools. Their carts are specifically designed to store, charge, and transport a variety of devices, such as MacBooks, iPads, and Chromebooks. Here are 5 things we love about LocknCharge carts: 1.  They're easy to...

What is ClassWallet?
ClassWallet is an online platform designed to simplify finances for K-12 schools. The platform offers schools and districts a comprehensive solution for managing various financial operations, such as purchasing, fundraising, and fee collection. ClassWallet provides an efficient way to manage school finances and streamline payment processing for parents, teachers, and...

5 Alternative Funding Options for K-12 Technology Purchases
K-12 schools looking to purchase devices and other technology have a wide array of funding options available. The most common method of payment is still via a purchase order issued by the district or school, usually with Net 30 terms. Smaller orders are often paid for via credit card. Here...

Apple Pencil 1 & 2 Compatibility
Apple Pencil 1st Gen Compatibility  iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd generation 1st generation iPad Pro 10.5-inch iPad Pro 9.7-inch iPad Air 3rd generation iPad 10th generation(requires USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter) 9th generation 8th generation 7th generation 6th generation iPad mini 5th generation Buy Apple 1st Generation for Education here:     Apple...

Top 5 Subreddits for IT Staff Working in K-12
Reddit is an amazing resource for tech staff working in K-12. Here are the top 5 subreddits that we use on a regular basis: 1. https://www.reddit.com/r/networking/ - All things networking. Filled with Wifi configurations to phone systems, VLANS, routers and security system 2. https://www.reddit.com/r/chromebook/ - All things Chrome.  3. https://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/ - Not K-12 specific but has plenty...

6 Apple MDM Solutions for K-12 Schools
IT professionals managing Apple devices inside of K-12 have a wide range of MDM solutions to choose from. Here are six of the most popular MDM solutions on the market that our K-12 customers are using to manage their Apple devices:       JAMF SchoolJAMF School is a cloud-based...

ChromeOS Fleet Monitoring Best Practices Guide
Google has released a ChromeOS Fleet Monitoring Best Practices Guide. This guide includes best practices around: Finding devices that have not synced policy recently Detecting if users repeatedly re-enroll their devices Preventing users from enrolling unauthorized devices Monitoring users logging in on unenrolled devices Detecting devices that have joined a...

Complimentary Apple School Manager Enrollment of iPads & Macs
Tech to School now offers complimentary enrollment of iPads & Macs into Apple School Manager. Schools can purchase iPads and Macs from Tech to School and we'll enroll these devices into your Apple School Manager account saving deployment time and resources. You can then assign these devices to your MDM....

Benefits of Chromebooks in K-12 Education
Chromebooks have become increasingly popular in K-12 education due to their ease of use, affordability, and versatility. Here are some of the benefits that make Chromebooks a great choice for schools:Affordable: Chromebooks are significantly less expensive than traditional laptops, making them an accessible choice for schools with limited budgets.Easy to...

MDM Solutions for Schools: Enhancing Security and Managing Devices
With the increasing use of technology in the classroom, managing the devices used by students and teachers has become a critical concern for schools. Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions offer an effective way to address these challenges and enhance the security and management of these devices.MDM solutions provide schools with...

Complimentary White Glove Google Enrollment with Warranty+
Tech to School now offers complimentary White Glove Google enrollment for Chromebooks with the purchase of Warranty+ coverage. White Glove service includes enrollment into Google management (license sold separately,) network enrollment, asset tagging, updating and final QA checking. Devices can be instantly deployed within your K-12 environment with no additional...

Chrome OS Flex Mac Compatibility
Here's a list of older Apple devices that are compatible with Google Chrome OS Flex. There may be some hardware compatibility issues with certain models (i.e. no webcam support.)  From Google: Model Name Current Status End of Support Apple iMac 11,2 (Mid-2010 21.5" MC508LL/A MC509LL/A) Certified 2024 Apple iMac 12,1 (21.5" MC309LL/A)...

ISTE Live 2022
Tech to School was an exhibitor at ISTE Live 2022 in New Orleans. This was our first live ISTE since 2019 and was great to connect in person with our customers, partners and friends! See you next year in Philly! 

MacOS 13 Ventura System Requirements
Here are the system requirements for MacOS 13 Ventura:   iMac (2017 and later) iMac Pro 2017 MacBook Air (2018 and later) MacBook Pro (2017 and later)  

iPadOS 16 System Requirements
Here are the iPad system requirements for iPadOS 16:   iPad Pro (All models) iPad (5th generation and later) iPad Air (3rd generation and later) iPad mini (5th generation and later)  

USAC Emergency Connectivity Fund Third Round to Open April 28
The USAC has announced that a third window to apply for Emergency Connectivity Funds will open on April 28, 2022. These funds can be used to purchase devices from Tech to School. From the USAC: A third ECF application filing window will open on April 28, 2022 and close on May 13, 2022....