One to One Laptop Program
ONE TO ONE FAQS
A Note about One-to-One Programs
Building a One-to-One technology environment is important for the education for all of our children. Why the change to a one to one environment? At this point, the technology tools (computers) that we currently have are being used extensively each day and we cannot accommodate all of the classes that wish to utilize them. To support our school mission in an era of unprecedented change, Caravel Academy is committed to equipping its students with the technological fluency and digital citizenship necessary to sustain learning, foster leadership and ensure future success.
What does this mean for us?
Students in grades 7 – 12 will be one-to-one learners. This means that each student in those grades will have one laptop per student. The students will be responsible for bringing the laptop to and from school each day so that they will be prepared for the lessons taught in the classroom. For the 2012 – 2013 school year, students in the targeted grades (7 – 12) will be allowed to bring in their own device to use in the classroom. It will not be necessary to purchase a device for your child for the 2012-2013 school year. By allowing students to bring in their device, it will augment our current ability to offer technology tools in the classrooms. For the 2013 – 2014 school year, all of the students in those grades will be issued an identical device to use for school purposes. Extensive information will be forthcoming in the next few months.
One-to-One programs are also known as 'anywhere, any time' or 'laptops for students' programs.
These programs provide students with personal portable computers to enhance opportunities for learning. The devices help schools engage the digital generation by nurturing individual (or one-to-one) learning experiences.
Benefits of One-to-One Programs
One-to-One programs are an element in an international move towards individualizing learning, which can increase independence and self-initiated learning in students, and extend their learning beyond the classroom.
Students who have their own laptop computers have been found to take greater pride and ownership over the knowledge they create, with a flow-on to more flexible forms of schooling.
One-to-One programs can extend formal learning communities to include parents, siblings and other people important in students' lives. Also, the programs may lead to initiating global communication and collaboration and develop creative expression.
Technology Vision StatementCaravel Academy ensures the seamless integration of technology into the school-wide curriculum and provides opportunities to enhance the use of 21st Century skills. In support of our mission, learning opportunities are provided to enable full participation as lifelong learners in a global society. By means of putting technology into the hands of all students, they will acquire a more refined ability to solve problems creatively, think critically, and meet the demands of a world where proficiency in technology is a requirement. This initiative will support the Caravel Academy mission and will foster an engaging and stimulating academic environment. By providing a challenging curriculum that is student-centered and focused on inquiry-based learning, our students will become dynamic digital citizens within a larger global community.
Caravel Academy will:
Based upon your comments from the online survey the 1-1 committee has worked to develop the following recommendation to the Board of Education:
Caravel Academy would like to keep the cost of our 1-1 program at a minimum while at the same time provide participants the option of retaining the computer at the end of the cycle. With this in mind the 1-1 committee has developed the following plan:
A technology fee of $350 would be assessed for each student for each year. This would allow the board to provide a 13 inch MacBook air computer, including insurance, as well as, all of the accompanying materials needed for the program.
Parents would be able to purchase the computer at the end of three years at the buyout price which would be established at that time, but not more than $343.
If parents had no interest in purchasing the computer it would be turned back to Apple. This buy back option would be available at any time throughout the lease which would allow current 11th and 12th grade students to purchase the computer, if they wished, at the fair market value when leaving Caravel.
On line purchase of a MacBook air:
Apple Care $249.00- one-time fee for 3 years
MS Office $149.95
This does not include insurance, Wi-Fi, printing, local support, fire wall, or imaging for Caravel Academy.
MacBook Air purchased at the end of three years from Caravel Academy:
3 X $350 + $343 or $1393.
It must be clearly understood that, even if a computer is purchased under this plan, the technology fee would continue the following year and a new computer would be issued.
Why are we on a 3-year refresh cycle?
There are several reasons why a three-year refresh cycle was chosen. First, this cycle allows the students to have a device that will always work well. Generally speaking, laptops have a relatively short lifespan compared to desktop computers. At that point, manufacturers are building new Operating Systems, internal cards (video, sound, graphics, etc.), software is being developed and upgraded – both web-based and client-based. Without a regular refresh cycle, students, teachers, and staff will not be able to keep up with those improvements which after the three-year mark will make some programs unable to run on the laptop. Second, the yearly cost is lower when you take into consideration the laptop’s insurance and Apple Care. Third, with the specific group of students targeted for this initiative, it just makes sense to start all 7th graders with a new laptop, and when those 7th graders get to 10th grade, they will return the laptop they have been using and will be issued a new one to complete the 10th – 12th grade years. When the students receive their machine refresh after the third year, there should not be a need to copy their information due to the use of Google Apps and student back-ups of their machine via Time Machine.
2. Are we considering e-books or will the students be lugging around heavy textbooks and now laptops?
Yes, we are looking at e-books. This will be an area that progresses once the technology is in place. In fact, several of our curricular areas are in the process of incorporating the interactive versions of their text in their classes now. In Language Arts, students are reading novels purchased as e-books for school. In addition, other curricular areas are also utilizing interactive versions of their textbooks now: Science (7th & 8th grade), Geometry, Middle School Health and 7th – 12th grade levels of computer classes are already using e-books. Our European History teacher is developing her own text and our Military History elective is using only online sources. As textbooks come up for renewal in a previously established CA textbook cycle, we will definitely consider e-books very carefully and strongly.
3. Why did we decide on the 13" MacBook Air and not a PC/Open Source laptop or a tablet?
The 13” MacBook Air had the best hardware options that would help reduce any damage incurred due to student use, i.e. crammed in back-packs, dropped on various surfaces, etc. The Mac brand was chosen due to its superior ease of use, fewer issues with the operating system, and the most advanced inclusion of technology. IPads and other tablets were not chosen as the best tool for our environment. Tablets, of all kinds, are consumer devices not creator devices. While we were looking for a device that would be the best tool for the students to use, we did visit schools that used tablets and those that used laptops. Overwhelmingly, the laptops were preferred by teachers, students, and administrators at both types of school environments. With the move to a 1:1 environment, we will experience a reduction in the use of paper and a reduction in the weight of student backpacks since the students will not need to carry as much paper and textbooks with them all day.
4. Is the fee one time or per year?
The technology fee would be yearly and includes more than just the cost of a laptop. The fee also includes cost of: support, Internet cost, and upkeep of the wireless system.
5. What security measures are we anticipating?
Students will need to use locks on their lockers. All devices will be coded with serial numbers listed for identification. And, coaches will need to assist students by locking up devices in locker rooms. In addition, with the students utilizing their iCloud accounts, we will be able to use the “Locate my…” to locate missing devices. Also, the insurance that we are requiring will replace a device that is stolen. Our school administration will be working on a viable set of consequences for those students that do not practice proper security procedures with their device, i.e. locking it up properly in their student locker.
6. Why do all the machines have to be the same?
Consistency is the key to success. If a teacher had to download a new driver or convert formatting among students’ devices, no creation or learning would get done; it would be a constant technology struggle. Repairs would also be difficult if there were a variety of devices. Our technology department is not expecting the teachers to take on the role of IT support, and they should not have to deal with losing valuable class time to deal with such issues. The fact that all students will have the same device with the same software running will minimize interruptions.
7. Why aren’t we allowed to bring our own device?
As previously stated above, consistency is the key to success, and the school ultimately has ownership of the devices and their purposes, and this necessary consistency is achieved by having the devices issued to the student with that understanding. While the idea of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program has some positive benefits, the biggest problem, at this time, is that the faculty is not trained on how to give support to multiple devices. Caravel would not be able to guarantee that the machine could be fixed on site or in a timely manner. Also, when the teachers are conducting their lesson planning to include the technology, they need to know that ALL students have access to the same type of software capability.