In broad strokes, what does the implementation look like at U-High?
- The school provides hardware and software, available to students 24/7
- Parents pay a yearly technology fee to help defray costs
- Repairs are provided in-house at low-cost using a student help desk
- freshman attend an initial orientation at which they receive their laptops
- all other students pick-up and configure their laptops prior to the start of school
- students turn-in their laptops at the end of the school year and they are refurbished over the summer
Key elements of our current year’s 1-1 initiative:
- Lenovo Thinkpads with windows 8.1, 4 gb ram, 9 hour battery
- Microsoft Office 2013, Logger Pro, Geometer’s Sketchpad, FitnessGram
- free software including audacity, Photostory, MovieMaker, iTunes
- total cost of $348 per unit
Why does one to one computing matter? Because of all the teaching and learning possibilities it opens up.
- teachers can know that each student in class has access to the same set of tools
- Electronic textbooks can supplement or replace print versions
- Students can complete work outside of class, while waiting for rides, sitting at lunch, or anywhere else.
- Faculty are free to develop lessons without having to worry about what kind of access students will have to the requisite technology tools.
- Classroom time is saved; no more need to spend time moving to a lab, starting computers
Why laptops? Why windows-based laptops
- they continue to be workhorses when it comes to researching topics and creating, typing and editing projects of all shapes and sizes.
- we are not locked into one company’s products, but instead, have access to a wide range of third party software that does EXACTLY what our teachers are looking for. Logger Pro in the sciences and/or Geometer’s sketchpad would be two specific examples of this.
- they are very serviceable by in-house techs