Starting Wednesday, May 16th
You might be asking yourself, I just received this iPad Pro two years ago, why am I being asked to turn it in when we normally keep them for 4 years. That is a great question. Since we began the iPad 1 to 1 program in 2012, one of the goals has always been the same: Outfitting all of 3rd through 12th-grade students with an iPad that is on a 4-year refresh cycle. We were extremely blessed that in 2016 we were able to afford to refresh to the iPad Pro 9.7″ device. This device not only received upgrades with a larger hard drive and more RAM to increase the speed, but it also integrated the first Apple Pencil that we felt was going to enhance the experience that much more in the classroom.
However, the price point at $579 (which is what we paid per iPad) was a steep cost to the school. Therefore, as a school, we needed to wait until we could find a device that had a cheaper price point but still integrated the pencil for students in 3rd through 8th grade. Last year, Apple released a cheaper iPad at $379 but that device didn’t integrate the pencil and we felt it was still too early to adopt a device for 4 years and not be able to integrate the pencil.
Well, the wait has been long enough! Apple has announced at the education summit in April that the new iPad 6 would not only have an internal upgrade but also integrate the pencil and add augmented reality chips to the internal components. You can check out what the iPad will be able to do here: https://www.apple.com/education/products/
In addition to the upgraded components, the price point has also come down for education. The new price point is $299 per iPad. This lead to the opportunity that we took advantage of right now and will explain in detail below.
You might be asking yourself, how does a drop in price justify a refresh? Another great question! In order to answer this, we will give you a sneak peek into how we purchase our technology on a large scale. When we started the Apple Distinguished School journey, one of the benchmarks from Apple was to ensure “Institutional Sustainability”. There are many factors that Apple gives schools on how to achieve this, but one of the big factors we are evaluated on is, “Does TFA have a plan to ensure a timely refresh?” They do this so that as a school, we don’t get to the end of the 4th or 5th year and then we don’t have the money saved to purchase devices again and students are stuck using out of dated technology. In order for TFA to ensure a timely refresh, we determined that using a 4-year lease model with a $1 buyout is the best method for us to be stewards of the money entrusted to us AND provide the best educational experience for our students.
Currently, we are finishing our 2nd lease year. Meaning that we have 2 more years of payments to Apple for the equipment we already have in hand. Well, there was an option for us called an Equity Buyback Program where we would turn our equipment in early to a hardware reseller. The hardware reseller gives a cash-out payment for the devices we are currently leasing and we hand that over that cash-out to Apple to finish our current lease and then any remainder would be rolled into starting a new 4-year lease with the new devices we are purchasing. Long story short, we are able to turn in 600 iPads costing about $579 a piece (both teacher and US student iPads) and purchase 950 iPads costing around $299 a piece next year with only raising our monthly lease payments a couple of hundred dollars and still stay on budget. This will ensure that every 4th-grade student through 12th-grade student will have the same access to new technology every 4 years.
Very perceptive of you. Yes, there is always a catch. Here are the following items we had to “concede” to make this exchange work:
Currently, you will keep the same Brenthaven case. It does “fit” a little bit tighter. It will stretch out and work after a couple of weeks. The buttons for Volume and Sleep/Wake will be a little annoying until the case stretches a bit.
No, you will receive an iPad with a new install. If you wish to load from a backup, go to settings and erase all content. You will then start from the beginning setup menu, adding your wifi credentials, selecting from an iCloud backup, and then your Active Directory (Canvas) credentials to authentic that it is you who is an authorized user of the iPad.
Maybe, if you do not turn on your iCloud settings in your Notability App, before swapping for your new iPad 6. Then, once you have your new iPad, log into iCloud, and turn on your iCloud setting in your Notability App on your new iPad. See the picture below.
Not yet, if you currently have coverage for your iPad Pro 9.7, your Accidental Coverage covers your new iPad until July 31, 2018. However, be on the lookout for the new Pre-Order Logitech Rugged Case
You will need to settle the damage, before you can receive the new iPad.
Apple charges TFA $367.00 for out of warranty iPad Pros. This covers any damage and comes with a 90 day full warranty.
Unfortunately, no. Logitech has penned an exclusive deal with Apple to make this case and crayon only for Education. Meaning only educational institutions can purchase this case and/or crayon from Apple. One nice thing about that is it will be exclusive to only students.
Purchasing a stylus is completely personal. The TFA Genius Bar prefers the Apple Pencil best for Middle and Upper School students because it not only has hand recognition, (meaning you can rest your hand on the iPad without making extra marks) but it also is pressure sensitive. This means when you press harder on the screen the line gets darker and thicker like it would with a pen or pencil.
The Logitech Crayon
Great question. Unfortunately, it would not be fair for some 8th graders to keep devices assigned to them over the summer and some that do not have them assigned. 8th graders with assigned TFA iPads will need to turn their iPads back in for the summer. We will send you an email when we are ready for that workflow to begin.
All current 3rd – 8th-grade students will be able to pick up their iPads at the end of July or beginning of August so they are ready for the new school year once they have completed their iPad Orientation course and decided on accidental coverage for the year.