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Smartphones for Smarter Kids

Have you upgraded your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device recently and now you have an old device you are no longer using? Please consider donating your old smartphone, tablet, or other device to the North Canton City School District as part of our  “Smartphones for Smarter Kids” program. See the details below:

Why does NCCS want donated devices?
Smartphones and tablets have become very powerful in recent years, and can now assist with many educational tasks. They are great for research, note taking, student response systems, watching educational videos, running educational apps, and much more. We would like to take used smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, wipe them clean, connect them to our wireless network, load educational apps, and make them available for teachers to use with their students.

What kinds of mobile devices does NCCS want?
To be best used for educational purposes, we are glad to accept donations of any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. Examples would include any iPhone, iPad, Motorola Droid, Motorola Xoom, HTC EVO, Samsung Galaxy, LG Optimus, Sony Xperia, or any other of the many Android phones and tablets. Android and iOS smartphones and tablets have hundreds of thousands of useful educational apps available.

What should be donated with the device?
The power adapter used to charge the device should be included. No other accessories are required, but we will gladly accept other items related to the device, such as cases, screen covers, and such.

Will old data be removed from the donated devices?
Yes, we will do a factory reset to wipe all previous data and settings from the device so that it will be getting a fresh start. However, we encourage you to do the same for any device you donate if you wish.

How will the donated devices get connectivity?
The devices will no longer use cell phone connectivity, since they will no longer be part of any cell phone plan. We will connect the devices to our school’s wireless network for their connectivity needs.

How will the donated devices be distributed?
The devices will not be given directly to students. Rather they will be made available for staff to check out as needed. The staff members will then allow students to use them in class as needed for learning activities.

How does this relate to the district’s Bring Your Own Device program?
Our high school allows students to bring in their own personal technology devices for use in school. See http://byod.northcantonschools.org for more information on this program. Currently a little more than half of the students routinely bring in their own mobile devices. The donated devices will help address the equity issue by providing additional mobile devices to be used by students who do not have their own or are not able to bring their own to school.

Where will the donated devices be used?
The donated devices may be used in any building and at any grade level in the district. The scope of their distribution will depend on the amount of devices donated.

How will the donated devices be used?
Because modern smartphones and tablets are basically small computers, they can be used for education in many ways. Some potential uses include:
  • Connect to the Internet for research and reference
  • Take notes in class
  • Act as a student response system (like a “clicker”) to respond to polls and quizzes in class
  • Run educational apps
  • Watch streaming educational videos
  • Record vocabulary or foreign language dictation practice
Is the donation of a mobile device tax deductible?
Yes, you may claim the donation of a device to the school as a tax deduction. The school district does not set the value for the donation, but simply provides you with a letter indicating that the donation has been made and received.

How should a device be donated?
  • Put the device and power adapter (and any other accessories you are including) in a box or envelope.
  • Mark “District Tech Dept” on the outside.
  • Give the smartphone to the district by:
    • Having your child give it to their teacher
    • Dropping it off at the main office of your child’s school
    • Dropping it off at the District Office (below the high school library)
    • Dropping it off at the North Canton Public Library
  • If you wish to receive a letter from the district for the tax deduction for your donation, you must include your name, address, and phone number along with the donated smartphone. The letter will be send to you at a later time.
Can other technology items be donated besides smartphones?
Yes. Although the focus of this program is to collect mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the district is always glad to consider other technology donations including used laptops, desktops, LCD monitors, and such. For more details please contact Technology Director Eric Curts - tech@northcantonschools.org - 330-497-5600 x377.