Through its central procurement service, the public firm Seine-et-Yvelines Numérique is offering schools, towns and local authorities turnkey solutions in IT hardware with approval from the Versailles local education authority.
Since 2018, Econocom – the leading Apple partner in education – has been ensuring the success of the Yvelines department’s digital tech scheme in education by distributing iPads to the area’s primary and secondary schools.
In 2015, France’s Yvelines department began a pilot scheme in personal mobile devices in 17 secondary schools. Around 11,000 iPads have been distributed as part of the scheme. During lockdown, the Yvelines department and its public firm in digital tech Seine-et-Yvelines Numérique made several thousand tablets available to secondary schools so pupils could enjoy uninterrupted access to education.
Then, in December 2020, Seine-et-Yvelines Numérique foresaw another closure of schools due to the pandemic so offered at least 20 tablets to each school among the 116 secondary schools in the Yvelines and Hauts-de-Seine departments. And 5,000 more tablets have been distributed since September 2021.
Now this scheme equipping pupils with personal devices will be extended to all secondary-school pupils and to Year 5 and 6 primary-school pupils in many towns in the Yvelines department. Econocom will distribute an initial batch of 9,000 iPads – including iPad keyboards serving as covers – for the start of the school year in September 2022 to help roll out the so-called ‘digital school bags’ scheme.
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