Acer In Education

Acer creates innovative technology for the classroom to help students broaden their horizons with new avenues of communication and interaction. Our trusted solutions are easy to use for teachers and students alike, empowering both groups to keep pace with today's high-tech world.

With federal funding for the Digital Education Revolution (DER) finished in 2013 and no plans for further funding, it is important for educational institutes to consider or adopt a "Bring Your Own Device" policy to continue with a 1 to 1 computer program for students. At Acer we understand these challenges and are able to help you to implement an effective BYOD program that will help you meet your cirriculum and technology requirements.

Our Education Commitment

There's more to our commitment to educational institutions than just providing and maintaining the highest quality desktops, notebooks, displays, server and storage systems. At Acer we have a dedicated Education team who work closely with customers in each state to develop real and innovative IT solutions that accelerate the learning process and set new benchmarks in educational standards.

Our commitment to education includes:

Sponsoring selected education specific conferences and events where delegates have the opportunity to network with likeminded peers, listen to expert speakers as well as discover the latest trends and directions in IT and education.

Partnering with leading software and hardware providers to develop specific education solutions to enhance the learning and technology teaching experience.

Working closely with our channel and education partners to demonstrate the benefits of implementing an effective BYOD strategy.

The Acer Education Advantage

  • Acer is the fastest growing PC brand and is leading supplier to the education segment in Australia.
  • Flexible configurations of PCs, Notebooks, Server and Storage Systems through authorised Acer Education Partners.
  • Dedicated education support teams are available to work directly with schools to assess your needs.
  • Expansive installation, service and support coverage for metropolitan and regional areas.
  • Service Level Agreements to meet the differing needs of individual educational institutions.
  • Local integration centre and call centre for a better understanding of your local requirements.
  • Classroom management tools and a suite of classroom ready software applications and apps.
 

Types of BYOD Programs

BYOD programs are as infinitely variable as their human creators however the majority can be broadly grouped into the following five models in order of the most structured to greatest personal freedom of choice.

 
     
 

School Defined Single Platform

This is the most popular option for school immersion programs prior to DER funding — the school works with manufacturers to select the laptop or tablet device most suitable for student use measured against curriculum expectations.

The school frequently works directly with the manufacturer to select and prepare a single model for deployment. With this BYOD model, the purchase of the device can be the responsibility of the school, the parent or both. Additional payment options are available if the school purchases laptops in bulk. For example, schools could lease or rent the laptops to parents. Also, generous educational discounts or site licences might be available for software obtained through the school.

 
 
Benefits:

All computers in the classroom have the same capabilities and teachers can efficiently build curriculum activities and resources around those capabilities. IT support is easier and more cost effective using consolidated tools, processes and pooled knowledge. Service level agreements between the school and manufacturer are easier to manage.

 
Cautions:

A single platform and therefore “one size fits all” cost may not be equally affordable to all parents. Ownership of the device must be clearly defined to qualify for educational software discounts and site licencing.

 
 
 
     
 

School Defined Single Platform Plus Another Device

In this scenario, the school provides a primary device for student use, as it would with the school-defined single-platform model. However, the student is also allowed to bring another supplementary device such as a smartphone or small tablet. As with the school-defined single-platform model, the cost of the primary device is borne by the school, parents, or both. The supplementary device is paid for and supported by the parent or student.

 
Benefits:

Allows flexibility and personal freedom of choice in selection of the supplementary device. Allowing supplementary devices enables the school to define parameters around acceptable use of such devices and IT may consider managing software licensing for student owned supplementary devices.

 
Cautions:

The supplementary device can be a distraction if not used properly. Unfiltered 3G connectivity may introduce unacceptable risks. Firm parameters need to be defined for support of supplementary devices to avoid disputes.

 
 
 
     
 

School Defined Multi Platform

In this model, the school defines the minimum specifications for the laptop or tablet, but the student and parent can choose from which manufacturer they obtain the device.  As with the previous scenarios, the school can fund this model in whole or in part.

 
 
Benefits:

Students and parents can exercise choice over the manufacturer and model. IT can manage software licensing and support arrangements for the devices.

 
Cautions:

IT incurs additional overheads to support multiple platforms. Differences in platforms may create consistency challenges for teachers and students.

 
 
 
     
 

Student Choice of Laptop or Tablet

This model enables students to use a laptop or tablet, depending on their personal choice. It offers a good amount of flexibility for students, but parents are responsible for providing the device, which may be a limiting factor.

 
 
Benefits:

Students get the power and diversity of both laptops and tablets in the classroom. Teachers have greater flexibility in learning activities.

 
Cautions:

Not all devices may have equal capabilities or access to educational software titles. IT incurs additional overheads to support different devices.

 
 
 
     
 

Any Device That Connects

This model allows students to bring any device as long as it can connect to the Internet. This includes smartphones, laptops, tablets, and even e-book readers. The school doesn’t provide any minimum specification for the device, and parents must pay for the device in whole.

 
 
Benefits:

Students get the power and diversity of both laptops and tablets in the classroom. Teachers have greater flexibility in learning activities.

 
Cautions:

Not all devices may have equal capabilities or access to educational software titles. IT incurs additional overheads to support different devices.