You’ve likely worked with an OEM, or Original Equipment Manufacturer, to bring Chromebooks into the classroom. When the Chromebooks are damaged within the warranty period, they’re fixed with OEM parts, then put back in rotation.
When the warranty period expires, your district has a few choices when it comes to repairs and replacement parts. In the instance of AC adapters, technology departments can procure OEM chargers, which means that if a Lenovo Chromebook is deployed, a Lenovo AC adapter is purchased as a replacement. Another option is replenishing it with an ODM charger.
Apart from any physical damage or repairs that your Chromebooks would need throughout their life, there comes a point in which Google’s Auto-Update Expiration (AUE) shuts the door on your device’s ability to perform its basic operating functions. It’s at this point, when your devices hit this expiration date, that you’ll need to upgrade to newer Chromebook models in order to ensure your students’ success. So, that begs the question, how do I manage my Chromebook’s End of Life?
Be Aware Of Your Chromebook’s Expiration Date
It’s important to be prepared for your device’s End of Life. The last thing you want to do is be caught off guard and force yourse
Earth Day is a day to reflect on the gift that our planet is and everything it offers us. It’s not only that, though. Most importantly, it’s a day that urges us to reflect on what we do to care for our planet on a day-to-day basis. While the Earth can sometimes seem like it’s an infinite mine of resources, it isn’t, and what we do to preserve and care for those resources is increasingly more important by the day. We’re proud to be a business that centers itself on recycling and reusing electronics, as opposed to contributing to landfill overgrowth where items sit for decades.
Keeping Devices Functional and Deployed Through Repair
The very foundation of eduPARTS revolves around decreasing e-waste. When Chromebooks are handled by students everyday, some of them are boun
The roller coaster of 2020 showed us that schools and tech departments across the country are the real MVPs. They pivoted quickly to provide students with personal devices as shutdowns began to happen and schools were forced to go virtual. According to Statista, Chromebook shipments increased 174% in 2020, while manufacturers pushed to stay up with demand. In 2021, Chromebook shipments increased even more, stepping up another 135% from 2020, and rounding out the year at 40 million shipments. Whoa - that's a lot of devices going to schools and students!
Almost everyone can agree that 2021 was an absolute whirlwind. Through all of the craziness, it’s hard to remember everything that’s happened after such a reactionary year. Here are a few of the things that were highlights for eduPARTS in 2021:
This year we saw schools reopen, which was no small feat. There was significant work done to keep students safe, as transition after transition was forced on school infrastructures. We saw tech departments step up, as they handled the uptick in student and teacher tech needs, all while juggling the shifts in the industry. We introduced our UV-C device sanitizing machine and were even fortunate enough to be able to donate $30,000 in machines to schools nationwide.
As we spoke about in a previous blog, repairing your Chromebooks in-house can offer you a huge budget boost, as well as give you an opportunity to engage with the students in your districts in a creative way. All of these benefits are incredible, but we also know that starting from scratch can be a bit daunting. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of the tools you’ll need to repair on your own.
Every repair will start with your screwdriver. Most Chromebook repairs will require you to use a #0 philips, but it’s always good to be prepared for anything.
Esports are rising in popularity, especially with kids in middle school and high school. While, in the past, kids may be discouraged from playing video games in order to focus on school work, many schools have been adopting Esports teams just as they would any other sports club. So, why is it becoming so popular and being embraced by schools around the world? As it turns out, there are a number of benefits.
By far one of the greatest benefits of students getting involved in Esports is the scholarship opportunities across a number of colleges. The popularity of Esports is not confined to middle and high school, and big game developers are even holding large-scale c
By now, if you aren’t using the Google Suite of applications for education, you’ve likely heard of them. In this blog, we’ll help you to gain a better understanding of how each of these applications can be integrated into your school’s workflow to streamline processes with both students and teachers.
With Google Meet, class can be held entirely remotely, or even partially, with this video conferencing app. Teachers are able to share their screens to display important notes and presentations, all while engaging their students
Considering how the last year and a half has played out across the world, the extra workload and mental stress that technology directors and other education IT professionals face has stretched many to their limits. Unsurprisingly, burnout has been a significant issue due to the added stress. According to Mayo Clinic, unaddressed burnout can lead to serious issues like high blood pressure, heart disease and more, so it’s very important to take care of yourself to manage your stress.
Whether you work for a large school district or a small one, it’s safe to say that BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has come up in conversation. There are plenty of pros and cons to students bringing their personal devices into the classroom, but the allowance will ultimately come down to the circumstances of each individual school. If your district has chosen to allow students to use their personal devices in class, here are some important things to consider:
1. Have a Proper Network in Place
While you are able to set boundaries on the school-issued devices, things get tricky when a personal device is in play. With school-issued devices, you are able to lock students onto certain screens or webpages during class to ensure they are on task, but that may not work th