The Smartphone Giveback Program
For Norwin School District families, alumni, and community membersHave you upgraded your smartphone recently and now you have an old smartphone you are no longer using?
Please consider donating your old smartphone to the Norwin School District as part of our Smartphone Giveback Program. Please consider donating your old smartphone to the Norwin School District as part of the District’s Smartphone Giveback Program.
Why does Norwin School District want donated smartphones?
Smartphones 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. Norwin School District would like to take used smartphones, 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 smartphones does Norwin School District want?
To be best used for educational purposes, we are glad to accept donations of any iOS or Android smartphone that is no more than two years old. Examples would include any iPhone, Motorola Droid, HTC EVO, Samsung Galaxy, LG Optimus, Sony Xperia, or any other of the many Android phones. Android and iOS smartphones have hundreds of thousands of useful educational apps available. It does not matter if the smartphone has a sliding keyboard or not. Smartphones with keyboards and without keyboards are both fine.
What should be donated with the smartphone?
The wall charger used to charge the smartphone should be included along with the donated smartphone. No other accessories are required, but we will gladly accept other items related to the smartphone, such as cases, screen covers, and such.
Will old data be removed from the donated smartphones?
Yes, we will do a factory reset to wipe all previous data and settings from the smartphone so that it will be getting a fresh start. However, we encourage you to do the same for any smartphone you donate if you wish.
What if I would like to donate a recent version of a tablet or iPod Touch to the School District?
That is acceptable.
How will the donated smartphones get connectivity?
The smartphones will no longer use cell phone connectivity, since they will no longer be part of any cell phone plan. We will connect the smartphones to our school’s wireless network for their connectivity needs.
How will the donated smartphones be distributed?
The smartphones will not be given directly to students. Instead, the smartphones will be assigned bar codes and will be made available for teachers to check out as needed through the library media center at the High School and Middle School. Teachers 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?
Both Norwin High School and Norwin Middle School allow students to bring their own personal technology devices for educational use in school. While a majority of students routinely bring in personal technology devices, some students do not for various reasons. The donated smartphones will provide 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 smartphones be used?
The donated smartphones may be used in High School or Middle School classrooms under the direction of a teacher. The scope of their distribution will depend on the number of smartphones donated.
How will the donated smartphones be used?
Because modern smartphones are basically small computers, they can be used for education in many ways. Some potential uses include:
· Connecting to the Internet for research and reference
· Taking notes in class
· Acting as a student response system (like a “clicker”) to respond to polls / quizzes
· Running educational apps
· Watching streaming educational videos
· Recording vocabulary or foreign language dictation practice
Is the donation of a smartphone tax deductible?
Yes, you may claim the donation of a smartphone 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 smartphone be donated?
1. Put the smartphone and wall charger (and any other accessories you are including) in a box or envelope.
2. Mark “Norwin School District Technology Department” on the outside.
3. Give the smartphone to the District by:
* Having your child give it to his/her teacher.
* Dropping it off at the main office of your child’s school during business hours (hours vary depending on school).
* Dropping it off at the District Administration Building (next to High School) weekdays between 7:30 and 4:30 p.m.
* Placing it in the drop-box inside Norwin Public Library, 100 Caruthers Lane, Irwin.
* Placing it in the drop-box inside the Norwin Teachers Federal Credit Union, 183 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon.
* Placing it in the drop-box inside the Norwin Chamber of Commerce, 321 Main Street, in downtown Irwin.
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 sent to you at a later time.