Chris Carter at La Tercera asked a wonderful question last week.
What do you see as our plan for replacing our current Chromebook fleet? I've been noticing quite a few with track pads that are wearing out, (click functionality marginal at best on some machines) and there's some general heavy wear on many units. (cracked casings and scratched displays) While the units aren't broken or beyond use, is this something for which we should submit a ticket as they approach their shelf life for IT to evaluate?
Except for a small number of replacements we've received, the CBs we currently have deployed are approaching three years of use. Do we have a target for use time before considering replacement?
Some of you may have read through the OAUSD Technology Plan from a few weeks back, that outlines the standard set of equipment that is deployed to every classroom in the district. Chromebooks, make a very large part of our technology deployment at OAUSD. Specifically we have deployed 1415 since we adopted them initially for work in classrooms and standardized testing.
So this really begs the question, when should a device get replaced?
To put it simply, it should be replaced when the device is no longer functional. This would be exemplified by a device with a dead battery, broken screen, broken keyboard, or failure to start.
I am very proud that the district has been conscious to the value of keeping the devices running as long as possible and in a way that is incredibly responsible. To help offset the issue of track pads failing, we are adding USB mice as part of the deployment district wide starting today. If you are on a campus that has a tech, they will be deploying these to you shortly. These very simply plug into the Chromebooks and allow students to click and drag without frustration. These are a very economical solution to the problem and I look forward to teacher feedback on the implementation.