There's wonderful news for homeschool families. The nonprofit Notebooks for Students (NFS) organization now offers laptops, iPads and other classroom technology for homeschoolers at wholesale prices.
NFS announced in a press release:
Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit NFS to offer in-classroom technologies (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.
Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, on Tuesday April 1, 2014 the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing to facilitate access of in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.
Homeschool families are now able to acquire computers/software at the same wholesale pricing the NFS program affords to traditional public school facilities.
NFS carries Dell, Apple, HP and other brands of laptops and tablets. They are factory recertified and in "like new" condition, with extensive warranties.
NFS laptops are preinstalled with Open Office, AVG antivirus, graphics program, PDF creator and include a carrying case, webcam & 8GB memory stick.
Current options include:
- Apple iPad 1st Generation for $199
- Lenovo X200 Two-in-One, Laptop converts to Tablet for $295
- NFS Basic Laptop (pick one of 3 models) with accessories and software for $225
- Apple MacBook Pro 2 for $795
- Many, many others
Prices start at $135 for an HP Android Tablet and go up to $1,100 for an Apple MacBook Pro Intel CORE i7.
Accessories, software and warranties are provided free of cost.
Homeschool families can purchase from NFS as individual families or form a group for a Group Order. In both cases the families must provide Homeschool documentation (type is dependant on the State of residence) to NFS. This is required to receive the full package of Microsoft Office software and lower laptop costs.
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NFS describes their mission as:
Notebooks for Students is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all educators and students.
Schools, libraries, preschools and day cares are also eligible for the NFS program.
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