Albany Academy – Case Study

18th May 2015
Group standing and looking at laptop

albany logoApple is driving change in schools thanks to its commitment to educational technology. All over the world, schools are phasing out battered and dated textbooks, choosing to equip classrooms with iPads instead.
The iPad offers some obvious advantages, as well as some slightly more obscure ones. It’s constantly up to date, offers infinite opportunities for learning, and can inspire creativity and interaction far beyond what’s possible with a simple paper and pen. Naturally, the cost of adoption can be huge for schools that often have a limited budget
Albany Academy in Chorley leases a full Learning Lab from Hardsoft, making the iPad an affordable addition to the classroom. The Learning Lab consists of a suite of 30 iPads – ideal for loaning to each class – plus a trolley for convenient storage and safe transportation. Darren McGinnis, the ICT Manager, told us how it had changed their set-up.

Accounting for Risk

We’ve all seen kids handle expensive electronic equipment roughly; perhaps we’ve had a few repair bills for cracked screens, too. Children, however careful, are always going to be accident prone, and a device like an iPad can be expensive to fix.
Darren’s experience at Albany Academy bears this out, and adds, “The bonus with leasing is that the devices can be repaired if they Albany schoolbreak.” This is the main benefit for the ICT department, and the children who use the machines. Hardsoft has handled repairs for the Learning Lab quickly to ensure no iPad was taken out of action for too long.
Hardsoft’s accidental damage cover is ideal for situations where iPads are being loaned out of a pool supply, and it means kids can get the best use from the devices without having to be constantly supervised. Of course, individuals and business can also benefit from the same insurance, so they can get out into the field with their equipment and get a fast resolution if it’s broken.

Other Plus Points of a Learning Lab

Albany Academy previously used iPads and a Mac Mini, and has essentially leased the same package from HardSoft. The school believes that, despite running into problems with hardware, the new Hardsoft arrangement is a more beneficial one for them.
“The pupils’ enjoyment of learning has increased,” says Darren. “Up to date, high-spec equipment brings in extra pupil numbers.” For teachers, the increased availability means more engaged pupils, and fewer iPads taken out of circulation because they’re not working.
albany3Cost also has to be factored in when looking at the differences between buying and leading. Leasing Apple equipment makes the cost manageable, month-by-month, so the school can start using the equipment the moment it signs the agreement. Insurance is part of the deal. On the flipside, purchasing iPads outright is a riskier strategy that involves higher upfront cost, and there’s nobody on hand for advice or support if there’s a problem with one of the tablets. Leasing the Apple Learning Lab from HardSoft also entitles you to a free, one-day training session with our dedicated school trainer for teachers.

Leasing Advice

Hardsoft helps businesses, schools, non-profits and individuals realise the power of Apple leasing. All of our leasing customers benefit from affordable instalments, flexible terms and the latest hardware. On some plans, customers can buy their equipment for a nominal fee at the end of the deal.
Whatever you need, we’re here to deliver top-of-the-range equipment at manageable rates. If your school or college would benefit from iPads, contact us today for an assessment of your needs.