Our first-in-the-nation dual-funded BYOD program combines the best of school-funded 1:1 and family-funded BYOD to make the experience a win-win. Instead of asking either families or schools to pay the full cost of devices, the dual-funded model allows them to partner on the project. Families and schools share the cost of each student’s device and, at the end of the day, the families own the device. It’s a financially sustainable way to implement connected devices into schools faster and better.
One of the key components of the dual-funded model is the control schools have over the device assortment. This level of control decreases the demand for IT support, while increasing the ability of teachers to teach. By controlling the assortment, schools are able to choose the devices that fit into their existing technology plan, which ensures that all devices will work in the classroom. Additionally, teachers no longer have to act as technical support for the multiple platforms and operating systems that could be in their classroom with the other two device-buying models. It helps keep connected classrooms focused and on-task.