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Common Core Ready MacBooks

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!”

Read the DA Magazine Article

SmartBlog SIIA Takeaways

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May 16th, 2014

Mac to School was highlighted as one of the top takeaways for the SIIA 2014 EdTech conference in San Francisco by SmartBlog for Education.

Here’s the excerpt

  • Cost-saving measures may not be “sexy,” but they may be more practical as schools seek to balance technology upgrades with tighter budgets. Mac to School is a company whose mission it is to offer affordable computers to schools. The refurbished-computer model helped one Los Angeles middle school save $50,000.

Check out the full article here.

Chicago School Saves 50% on Macs

Featured in SchoolCIO 

Technology is so important at one Chicago Public School that it’s built right into their name: Spencer Technology Academy. When the elementary school made the decision to update their computer labs, leadership set out to find the best possible options, both for their budget and their students. They chose Mac to School, provider of refurbished Apple devices.

“At our school, it is imperative that students have access to high quality educational technology to facilitate their learning. In our search to find the best possible solution, we found that Mac to School was able to provide the service and quality we needed while staying well within our budget,” said Tracey Howse, the school’s lead technology teacher. “We were so impressed with the quality of their products and outstanding customer service that we have placed multiple orders with them since.”

By working with Mac to School to update their labs, the school was able to save more 50 percent on their purchase than if they had gone directly to Apple.

Spencer Technology Academy is one of five technology academies within Chicago Public Schools. The elementary school’s vision is to use technology as “a driving force to move students beyond their immediate.”

In addition to providing school districts with an option for purchasing refurbished computers, Mac to School also offers to purchase Apple products from districts that are looking to upgrade or make room in their budget for new computers.

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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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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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

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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Four Must-Have Tools for Superintendents

Article featured in eSchool News

By Bob Nelson
January 10, 2014

Bob Nelson, superintendent of schools in Chawanakee Unified School District, shares four must-have tools for superintendents.

superintendents-social-media-toolsI am the Superintendent of the Chawanakee Unified School District, which is the home of Minarets High, a three-time Apple Distinguished School designee, and a rural, mountain area district in which we have one-to-one technology in grades 4 and above. Some of the tech tools I use the most include:

Facebook and Twitter

We use social media extensively, both as administrators and with our students, in order to promote the projects students are doing and to give our community timely information on the things happening throughout our district.

All of our high school students have full access to social media, and we work diligently with them on creating a digital footprint that they can be proud of, and that can bring them deserved recognition. As a superintendent, too, it gives me a direct communication channel to people all throughout our system, and they come to know me at a deeper, more connected level.

Evernote

I love being able to take notes on my laptop, phone, or iPad and have them all sync up in a single digital file. Imagine having all of the notes you have taken in any meeting you have attended, available to you all the time. That is the power of Evernote.

Instagram

Used in conjunction with social media, Instagram is every school administrator’s answer to being able to provide immediate positive recognition for the great things that are happening. People often say that they can’t find the time to recognize the good that is occurring or lament, “If people only knew what was happening.” Now, with Instagram, everybody can, and does, know in live time.

Mac to School

Trying to manage having an entire district’s one-to-one program can be incredibly costly, and if the types of machines that students are using differ widely, instructional difficulties can occur as well. Mac to School is an affordable solution with top quality refurbished machines that allow us to stay current and insure that every one of the kids in our program has a top quality experience. Folks can be hard on a daily machine, too — the price point of the refurbished machines allows us to provide necessary replacements at a fraction of the cost.

Bob Nelson is the Superintendent of Schools, Chawanakee Unified School District

Florida School Gets More for Less

Article featured in THE Journal

By Leila Meyer

 

Pemayetv Emahakv Our Way Charter School in Florida has purchased nearly 200 refurbished MacBook Pros, iPads and iMacs at a cost 40 percent less than new products from Apple.

 

According to the school’s IT director, Shelley Brantley, cost savings were the driving factor behind the decision to buy refurbished devices. “We knew we needed to upgrade our technology, but it just didn’t make fiscal sense,” she said in a prepared statement. The refurbished option did make financial sense.

 

Pemayetv Emahakv School purchased the Apple devices from Mac to School, a company that buys, sells and refurbishes Apple computers and equipment for public and private schools throughout the United States. According to information provided by the company, “the district could have paid more than $100,000 to buy new technology directly from Apple,” but the school saved 40 percent by purchasing refurbished technology instead.

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EdTech Digest Interview

EdTech Digest Interviews Mac to School and Travis Hinman w/ Comal Independent School District

INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero
December 20, 2013

credit-mac-to-school-imageHelping to get the best technology into the handsof as many students as possible, Robert Baker is the president and founder of Mac to School. The company buys, refurbishes and sells Apple computers and equipment and serves the public and private education markets working with schools and districts throughout all 50 states. Naturally, they strive to deliver the best value to their customers while providing the highest level of customer service.

Travis Hinman is a Systems Administrator at Comal Independent School District in Texas, a 19,000-student school district that is expected to nearly double in the coming decade. Travis joins Robert in answering questions about all that technology in schools and just exactly how refurbished computers provide a workable solution to district needs.

Technology is a tool that helps educators enable learning. Getting the best technology into the hands of students is a key component to their academic success.

Victor: What is your take on the role of technology in education today? And the next 5 years?

Robert: It’s a pretty exciting time for technology in education. There are a lot of new devices and services available for educators. Technology is a tool that helps educators enable learning. Getting the best technology into the hands of students is a key component to their academic success.

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Refurbished Means more Technology, Easing Strain on Tech Budgets

Featured in eSchool News

Mac to School committed to education, providing high quality ed-tech options for less 

 

(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) Oct. 29, 2013 – To educate a generation of 21st century learners, schools are doing everything they can to keep up with today’s technology. Given the budgetary challenges many districts are still facing, that’s easier said than done, as tech budgets are often first on the chopping block.  Mac to School is committed to easing that strain.

 

Robert Baker and Justin Sanderson, founders of MacService, recognized the uphill battle districts are facing, prompting them to take action, founding Mac to School in 2011, Baker and Sanderson solidified their commitment to the education industry, providing district administrators with options to get more high quality hardware, for less, in the hands of their students.

 

“Mac to School is 100% committed to education, we realize the power technology has in the hands of kids, as well as the budgetary challenges facing so many districts,” said Mac to School president and co-founder, Robert Baker. “Whether we are buying back older technology, or delivering refurbished machines, Mac to School eases budgetary concerns, allowing students to experience the best possible technology without breaking the bank.”

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Living the Dream in Union County Schools: Quality Hardware, for Less

Featured in EdNet Insight and School CIO

District purchases refurbished MacBooks from Mac to School

(SANTA CLARA, Calif.)  – Today, there are more than a hundred additional MacBooks in the hands of students in Georgia’s Union County School System (UCSS), and the district has budget to spare.  As is the case with any district, UCSS Technology department set out to find creative ways to obtain more high quality ed-tech devices for their five campuses, without putting an additional burden on their budget,

 

“The more we looked, the less we found that fit both our budgetary and educational needs, ” said Bill Driskell, Director of Technology at Union County School System.

 

During their search, the tech team found the refurbished MacBooks offered by Mac to School to be their best option, both for students and their budget.  After an extensive evaluation period, Driskell and his team made an initial purchase of 117 MacBooks, nearly double the number of new machines for the same price.

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