When we first calculated costs for setting up this mobile language lab, we estimated that 12 laptops with headphones would cost us about $625 each. Then our class sizes increased, laptop prices decreased, plus we have a tech support guru who comes to us with support from ORT, who will squeeze loss-leader prices out of vendors until THEY scream.
We were able to get 14 laptops, with Avi Chai’s OK, for $450 each. Net savings, $1200 although we still need headsets with microphones, estimated at $300 total cost.
We had priced a variety of Hebrew software from Davka and TES at $2280. However, in talking with Ivrit teachers at a number of schools, we came to the conclusion that Rosetta Stone would be better. We got a price quote from Rosetta Stone: 14 site licenses of their network edition at $195 each came to $2730. We gulped and our guru looked for a better alternative. Ready for a bargain price? We were able to purchase 20 Rosetta Stone CDs from a secondary vendor online for $29.75 each, totaling $595, of which $416.50 comes from the grant. (We purchased extras knowing that as the program expands, this price might not be available again, and to allow students other than those in the experimental program to benefit.) Net savings, $1863.50.
Since we had not included a lockable laptop cart in our original estimate for the grant (PTA had said that they would help us if needed,) we asked AviChai if the grant money could be applied toward this. One Anthro cart, with power supply, locks and wheels is on its way. (Finally!!!) Our tech support guru came through again, getting shipping on this item reduced to $10, for a total cost of $1105.
Our original grant was for $9780. So far we have spent $6300 on laptops, $416.50 on software, and $1105 on the cart. Net expended $7821.50.
Still to be purchased are headsets with microphones- we’re watching for holiday sales.
Morah Shoshie is now evaluating Triple Play Plus Hebrew and some other software to determine what will supplement Rosetta Stone best, or if there are other instructional formats that would be more beneficial. In the meantime she and Morah Dina Shmuel continue to find websites and web-based games in Ivrit that will develop the children’s receptive vocabulary and be used in turn for expressive vocabulary.