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The Tool Factory and CDI have teamed up to offer customized technology for special education students. CDI will provide the computer hardware, while the Tool Factory will contribute tailored educational software. Initial offerings will focus on early learning and autism.

Choosing refurbished computers over new ones saved a Virginia school district $230,000, which allowed it to budget a wireless network. The Louisa County Public Schools in Mineral, Va., purchased Dell units from CDI, North America’s largest supplier of certified, refurbished computers.

 

West Warwick Public Schools started buying refurbished computers in 2006. Jim Monti is the district’s director of technology.

A sweetheart deal may turn out to be less of a bargain if you end up paying a lot of unexpected costs down the line.

To help make sense of the market, here’s an insider’s guide on used computer standards:

What's your refurbished computer’s pedigree? Knowing where it came from can help determine how well it may perform, and for how long.

 

Deciding between new or used computers? Here’s a rundown on the benefits of buying refurbished equipment:

- Savings. Costs are typically half to a third that of new equipment, so districts can afford to put more computers in the hands of students.

Tight budgets are convincing many K12 districts to turn to refurbished computers as a way to get more technology into the hands of more students.







 








Jim Shelton is the DOE's point person for the 13 fund.


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