If you run a school that utilizes one-to-one technology tablets, you have no doubt had to deal with a few bumps and bruises. Especially if those tablets end up going home with students. Here are some tips for reducing tablet loss in your program.
2. Education. Again, I apologize for being captain obvious. Students that know how to care for their devices tend to do better than those that are cut loose with them. When educating students on tablet use, focus on why they use them in the classroom. When you give students a reason for having tools such as these, they will take better care of them. If you treat them as something "extra" in your classroom, they will end up broken or stolen because the students will only value them as much as the teacher does. Whenever I visit a school that tells me they have a high number of tablets broken each year, I can almost always guarantee that teachers in that building do not believe in the technology mission of that school.
1. Accountability. You have to have policies in place to prevent theft. Seems pretty simple, make sure that students check out each item at the beginning of the year, and check them back in at the end. I apologize for the repetitive tone, but if your tablets are not being used everyday, you will have them go missing. A once per year check in, check out, although essential, will not prevent theft of your devices. Using them will. By simply taking attendance in the morning and having students raise their tablet in the air when they say they are here can go a long way to preventing theft. If the student doesn't have the device, they should be sent somewhere to resolve its location immediately. The trouble lies in when it takes days and weeks to notice a tablet is missing. This says a few things to the students and parents. One, the device is not being used and is not essential, and two, the school has no idea where they are. Ensure that teachers are accounting for them every chance they get, and work with teachers through professional development to use them to advance their classroom objectives.
If your device gets damaged:
These are a few web based companies that can offer help to fix those broken devices. Be sure to call around and get the best value. Let them know that you are a school and shop a few options. Always find out if they have worked with schools before, and do your best to determine the quality of the work. After you place your first order determine if the tablet was fixed correctly and working properly. In some situations the tablet can be damaged beyond repair. Once you find a quality repair shop, establish a good relationship with them and you will be able to keep your fleet running for years to come.