The COVID-19 pandemic brought renewed attention to 1-to-1 mobile device programs as technology-enabled distance learning became the solution to a global education problem. Jamf and Second Life Mac partnered to shine a light on the current state of 1-to-1 programs—and on best practices to help schools navigate this new normal.





Woah. Thanks to its strong residual value, an iPad costs 21% less than a Chromebook over a four-year period. Yep, same reaction.

How can device procurement companies pay so much for a four-year-old iPad? Because, once refurbished, an iPad holds its value in the marketplace. Thanks to its stronger-than-He-man residual value, an iPad costs 21% less than a Chromebook over a four-year period. Having a hard time believing? Read below and let the numbers sink in.

Talk to your Apple representative to see which payout method would be right for your district.




Introducing a drive-thru drop-off program with proprietary technology that enables the collection of devices or a fleet refresh—all while maintaining safe social distancing between students, parents and administrators.


In May of 2020, Kanawha County Schools in Charleston, W.Va., conducted such a trade-in for approximately 20,000 student devices. Working with Second Life Mac, Kanawha was the first school district in the country to implement a drive-thru Touchless Trade-in™ for district-issued iPads being used at home by students in grades 5-12.


Kanawha students received a unique QR code that identified the student’s device. On the day of the drive-thru trade-in, students drove up and showed the QR code, which was scanned by someone wearing personal protective equipment. Once scanned, the device was removed from Apple School Manager, and the student’s name was checked off a master list.


Students then drove up and placed their devices on a portable conveyor belt, enabling everyone to maintain social distancing. A representative wearing gloves and a mask received the device and placed it in a box. When the box of used devices was full, a representative from Second Life Mac sealed it and shipped it back to the company’s warehouse.


Once in the warehouse, devices were sanitized, all data was removed, and devices were refurbished for resale. There was no need for the school to sanitize devices. With precise planning, the entire process took just a few minutes for students to complete.


“The Touchless Trade-in™ program from Second Life Mac removed a huge area of concern for us,” said Leah Sparks, executive director of technology at Kanawha County Schools. “We were able to move forward with our plans to refresh our district’s technology devices, while providing a safe process to take back used devices from students.”