During the fall of 2012, Leander ISD began piloting the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative to give teachers the option to allow student use of personal smartphones, tablets and laptops to supplement their classroom learning. Following the teacher’s direction, students are allowed to use thier personal device to log on to the school’s secured wireless network to access educational materials pertinent to their lesson. Administrators recognized the power this technology offered to expand educational opportunities and support the way many students are already learning and researching.
Because LEEF wants every student who wishes to make use of this technology in the classroom to do so, regardless of their economic status, the Foundation has partnered with LISD to establish the Devices 4 Learning initiative. The program encourages parents, community members and businesses to donate their gently used, Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices in good working condition, which will be wiped of all data and made available for student use on-campus. Those who donate their devices can benefit from a tax deduction by requesting a donation receipt when they turn in their device.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of technology qualifies for the BYOT for All program?
A: The device should be in working condition, mobile and Wi-Fi enabled. Examples include smartphones (i.e. iPhones, Blackberries, etc.), iPads, newer laptops, Kindle Fires, iPod Touches, etc. Desktop computers and non-web enabled cell phones do not qualify. Devices that are damaged beyond use (i.e. badly cracked screens, missing keys, etc.) will also not qualify.
Q: Is this the same thing as the technology recycling programs I see at electronics retailers and cell phone stores?
A: No, it is not. We cannot refurbish or break down for parts any non-working devices. Qualifying devices should be gently used and ready for classroom use at the time of donation.
Q: Should I include the power adapter and/or protective case?
A: Yes, please! Bring any accessories (power cords, cases, cables) with you to include in your donation bag with your device.
Q: Will I be billed for the device’s data use and airtime after it has been donated?
A: Absolutely not. SIM cards will be removed so that students can only use the device to connect to the school’s free and secure wireless network. To make sure your device is disconnected, contact your carrier.
Q: What will happen to the phone numbers and content currently stored on my device?
A: All donated devices will be wiped clean of all content and inspected by members of LISD’s Information Technology team before it is approved for use.
Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes, just ask for a donation receipt when you turn in your device. Once you receive your receipt, you will be responsible for claiming the value of your donated device(s). The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) states that the fair market value (used in the current market) should be applied, taking into consideration the item’s age and condition. If you mail your device to LEEF’s P.O. Box, shipping costs are also tax deductible. For more information, please reference the IRS’s Publication 561, “Determining the Value of Donated Property.” To determine the tax benefits of donated technology owned by a business or corporation, we recommend consulting your tax advisor.
Q: How can I help collect devices for Devices 4 Learning?
A: We would love for your PTA, booster club, scouting group, church, business, et al. to host a device drive for us! Please email us to work out the details.
Q: How will donated devices be used?
A: Once the devices have been inspected and wiped clean, LISD Information Technology staff will distribute devices to campuses based on their need for supplemental technology. The devices will be available for students to check out for the school day and must stay on-campus at all times.
Q: Where can I drop off my donations?
A: You can drop off your device (with power cord, case and tax receipt, if applicable) in the front office of any Leander ISD school, the LISD Administrative Office or by mail in a padded envelope or box to: LEEF, P.O. Box 358, Leander, TX 78641. For donations of more than five devices, please contact LEEF to arrange a pickup time.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email us or call (512) 570-0027. Thank you so much for your help in closing the digital divide among students in Leander ISD!