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Posted on Aug 28, 2019 by Matt Morelli
I'm going to paraphrase a statement that I just read, on a web forum for teachers. In a thread titled “Punishment for cracked screen?”, one commenter told the group the following:
"Cracked screens are fixed by insurance the first time. Then, the iPad can only be used at school...no take home privileges. It’s checked out of and back into the office every day. It never leaves the school. Next, is the classroom iPad. You do not get to have your own any longer. Finally...you get no tech device. No iPad, no Chromebook. You get a pencil and paper. From what I have been told by parents, it’s a living hell."This Should Not Happen
Posted on May 20, 2019 by Matt Morelli
Deploying costly edtech devices to students in 1:1 programs comes with a host of inherent risks. Among these are loss, theft, accidental damage, hardware issues, software issues, etc.
When purchasing devices, it may be tempting to purchase the manufacturer's extended warranty (sometimes referred to as an Accidental Damage Plan or ADP), but beware that the coverage for these risks that is offered through an extended warranty, may leave you in need of a lifeline...Insurance Versus Warranty
Posted on Feb 19, 2019 by Matt Morelli
The world around us has changed rapidly over the last few decades and the use of technology in the classroom is now commonplace. Gone are the days of dedicated computer time, in the (shared) computer lab – every lesson has the potential to be based around educational technology now.Read All About Using Technology in the Classroom
Posted on August 13, 2018 by Matt Morelli
Many schools and districts are now working to eradicate the paper-based learning model, with the introduction of a 1:1 program (one student, one device) which provides children with portable devices like the iPads and Chromebooks, many of which are able to be taken off of school grounds with the student....continued...Read All About Cases
Posted on August 17, 2018 by Matt Morelli
As the popularity of 1:1 computing programs is on the rise, so are the figures on how often these devices get damaged, as well as the replacement costs. The average time it takes from purchasing your device to breaking it is 10 weeks. That means that within the first two and a half months of school, it is likely that a device will sustain some form of damage, be lost, or stolen.....continued...Read All About The Rise in Device Breakage!
Posted on August 8, 2018 by Matt Morelli
Hi, I’m Matt Morelli, the director of business development with U-PIC Insurance Services, and School Device Coverage. I’m the father of a pre-teen, who has been using educational technology devices in the classroom for the past few years.....continued...Read All About Ed Tech In The Classroom!
Posted on August 8, 2018 by Matt Morelli
What is equity in technology, in the context of school issued edtech devices? Simply put, it is leveling the playing field between students with means, and without means, to be granted fair access to devices which have revolutionized the way children are learning. Equity in technology means that the student whose parents bring home a combined $32,000 household income, has the same safe access to an iPad, as the student whose parents bring home a combined $320,000 household income. continued...Read All About Equity in Technology!
Posted on October 25, 2018 by Matt Morelli
One topic that is a part of many discussions we have with districts is how School Device Coverage (SDC) works with, and alongside the extended manufacturer warranties that they’ve already purchased. The answer is only complex, because there are so many variables. Generally speaking, if you carry an extended manufacturer warranty on your devices, you do not have active coverage on loss or theft; your warranty coverage is for one device and does not transfer to any loaner devices; and you may need to pay a deductible to repair any damage that happens to the device....continued...Read All About Holes in Warranties!