How Schools Can Get the Most Out of the Take-Home Technology Model
Devices like tablets and laptops have fundamentally changed learning as teachers and administrators integrate technology into classroom settings and at-home work. With the growing importance of devices, many schools implement take-home technology models to allow students to complete work at home. To implement these models effectively, schools must overcome challenges like lost and broken devices and effective charging.
What Is the Take-Home Technology Model?
The take-home technology model implements one-to-one devices in schools. Each student receives a laptop or tablet they can use in the classroom and bring home at night. This model allows students to do collaborative work, use different learning tools and gain technology skills for college and careers.
Despite this system’s advantages, schools must establish a plan when implementing this model to ensure it provides the highest benefits to students and schools.
How to Use the Model Most Effectively
Use these tips for a take-home model that serves your students and school districts.
1. Protect Devices
Since damage creates a significant hurdle in implementing the take-home technology model, use device storage towers to protect devices whenever possible. Students can store tablets or laptops in towers during the school day when not in use. Teachers might also encourage students to leave their iPad or Chromebook in the tower overnight and during the summer.
2. Plan for Charging
When students use devices during the school day and at home, they need a charging solution for both locations. Consider using a charging station with built-in power bricks at school, then send each student home with the device’s original charger so students can charge devices whenever necessary.
3. Establish Damage Plans
Who will pay for repairs or replacement devices? When students bring laptops or tablets home, damage and loss occur frequently, so set up a plan for such situations. This approach might let schools cover part of the damages while parents pay the remainder. Such strategies can decrease damage by encouraging students and parents to protect devices at home.
4. Set Rules for Students
If a student leaves their device at home one day, they may lose learning time. Teachers may avoid this and other problems by creating classroom rules. These rules might establish penalties for leaving devices at home. Teachers might also develop guidelines for bringing devices home during school breaks, especially long breaks like summer vacations.
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