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 using a student help desk.
- 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
Current devices (2019-20):
- Lenovo Thinkpads with windows 10, 4 gb ram, ssd drives, 9 hour battery
- Microsoft Office 365 (5 licenses per student)
Advantages of school-issued laptops:
- Issues of laptops not-working or damaged are dealt with quickly through the help desk, eliminating the need for teachers and parents to spend time resolving problems
- 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.
Why laptops? Why windows-based laptops instead of chromebooks?
- they continue to be workhorses when it comes to researching topics and creating, typing and editing projects of all shapes and sizes.
- we have access to university licenses for Windows and Office, in addition to having full access to Google’s suite of tools; the total cost for Windows laptops vs. Chromebooks is comparable.
- we are not locked into one company’s products, nor are we automatically creating a loyal customer base that Google can exploit in the future, but instead, give our students choices to a wide variety of products and software outside of the Google sphere.