Hardware Associates have been working with schools, colleges and universities for over 20 years helping to provide affordable and up to date IT infrastructure. Our experts know just how important it is for teachers and students to stay connected, which has become even more important in 2020 with the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing measures.

As a result, this year we’ve seen a significant increase in the use of online learning software, including:

  • virtual tutoring
  • video conferencing
  • language apps
  • and many more

Combined, they have made it possible for students to resume their studies. It has also meant that students are able to stay connected to teachers, friends and family around the world.

Our refurbished tech for schools is both financially effective and environmentally friendly, and our bespoke IT solutions are tailored to meet your specific requirements. To speak to one of our friendly professionals call us on +44 (0) 1428 707900, or complete our online form and we’ll be in touch.

Virtual classrooms

One of the first solutions for socially distanced education was the introduction of cloud based video conferencing services like ‘Zoom’. These platforms were a great way of facilitating teacher and student interaction, ‘virtually’ recreating a classroom which could be accessed remotely, often from the comfort of home.

Notably, similar services were, and are still currently being utilised in working environments for everything from business meetings and conferences to training and award ceremonies - a trend which looks set to continue post Covid-19.

Services like Zoom rely on the usage of a computer, laptop or tablet as well as a reliable internet connection. New electronics can be both expensive and easy to damage, which is why we recommend our refurbished range of products as a cost effective solution.

Recommended device

Check out this fully refurbished, lightweight and durable Dell laptop with 1 years FREE warranty. Fully cleaned and ready for school use, it’s an ideal and affordable option to keep that attendance at 100%!

Rise in popularity of language apps and online learning software

The nationwide lockdown also prompted a huge surge in the download and usage of eLearning software and tools including language apps, with some companies reporting increases of more than 200% since the start of the pandemic. They provide an opportunity for students to engage in fun, personalised education, unrestricted by the constraints of Covid-19.

Again, the skills used and knowledge gained through these services is not only beneficial in an academic sense. The acquiring of a second language for example, through apps like Duolingo, Babbel or Busuu, affords students unlimited potential for future travel or to work on a worldwide basis, unhindered by communication barriers.

Recommended device

Many of these apps were designed specifically for use on mobile or tablet devices. This Apple iPad has up to 10 hours battery life and 16gb of built in storage - more than enough for all of the language apps and learning tools you could want! The perfect size for any backpack or school bag - it’s a great companion for school, work or home.

Improving mental health through connectivity

Quizzes via Zoom and family chats on FaceTime were a regular occurrence for millions of people of all ages across the UK this year. Although not always obviously educational, these comings together have proved to be a lifeline for many.

We are, as humans, inherently social and services like these have kept families and friends connected - often being the difference between inclusion and isolation. Certainly they were popular before 2020, but now they have become essential and a mainstream method of communication.

Recommended device

MacBooks have a long standing reputation for quality, style and durability and with the built in FaceTime HD camera and microphone, this refurbished Apple Macbook Air is the perfect way to stay connected without breaking the bank.

Learn on TikTok

‘How to’ guides have been around forever! We had word of mouth, the original ‘how to’s’ passed down from generation to generation, then books and now online video sharing platforms such as YouTube and of course TikTok.

Teachers across the country have been using the short form video creation tool TikTok to create educational content in a format which is both recognisable and relatable to students. The app has since launched it’s ‘Learn’ feed, which encourages user-generated educational videos, and has partnered with well known publishers like Self, WWD as well as personalities like Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Recommended device

This iPad Air 2 has undergone complete refurbishment by our expert team and is ready and is ready to use. Tablets offer great screen sizes for apps such as TikTok and can make a change from viewing videos on smaller smartphone screens.

Is your school ready for 2021?

It certainly looks more than likely that this shift toward technology at the forefront of education is here to stay. As a result of Covid-19, schools are now legally responsible for providing students with access to remote learning within 24 hours of being sent home.

Whilst the DfE has pledged laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to Covid-19, it’s estimated that only a third of eligible children actually benefited (source). Similarly, Headteachers across the country have recently been advised that previously agreed allocations for laptops for disadvantaged children have been cut by 80% (source).

We believe that all students should have access to school computers which is why we’re so proud of our budget friendly tech options for schools.

How to upgrade your tech within budget

We’ve helped schools, colleges and universities around the country upgrade their IT infrastructure for up to 50% less than the cost of buying new. As well as providing refurbished tech, we’ll also trade in your old and outdated tech for money off your order where possible.

In response to high demand, we are also very pleased to be able to offer an operating lease solution over a period of up to 4 years on our tech for students. This option is supplied by Money Sphere in adherence with all DfE and Government regulations. Click here for more information regarding our fixed rate finance options.

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Committed to being green

With over 24 years under our belt, our ethos is that refurbished tech is not only wallet friendly, but also environmentally conscious. We provide recycled, up-to-date technology, whilst reducing the waste, destruction of core minerals and carbon footprint associated with the manufacturing of new products.

Get in touch

Sean Wiggins is responsible for our sales across the education and public sector. To find out how you could benefit from our services call us today on 0 1428 707900, or alternatively complete this form and we’ll be in touch.