After reviewing feedback from staff and parents around our 1:1 Technology Plan, we have decided to implement two distinct programs for Intermediate (Grades 4-7) and High School (Grades 8-12) in September. This means that every student from Grades 4-12 will have 1:1 access to a Chromebook or laptop for use at the school and/or at home next year. Please take some time to review the details below.
Intermediate 1:1 Chromebook Rental
This summer, Cedars will purchase new Chromebooks for all Grade 4-7 students. These machines will be assigned to individual students for the 2020/21 with an annual rental fee of $50. Assigning one machine per student eliminates the need for sharing devices and between-use cleaning. It positions us for stage fluidity in the Fall that may require 1:1 deployment to support at-home learning. Families will be responsible for loss of a device, but the school will cover any damage that requires repair or replacement. Devices will be replaced on a 3-yr cycle to ensure a strong user experience.
Generally, these Chromebooks would reside in the classroom; however, there may be times when students may request or be required to take them home to complete assigned work. Although the students will have more access to technology in the classroom, teachers will be intentional about maximizing face-to-face, hands-on learning experiences with “screens off”, and managing how and when technology is employed for learning.
High School 1:1 Laptop BYOD or “Rent-to-Own”
There is strong support for a 1:1 device program for high school students. This summer, Cedars will put in an order for certified refurbished 14” HP Elitebook 840 G2 Laptops. These laptops will run Windows 10 Pro and come preloaded with Microsoft Office, webcams, 128GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, and a 3-yr repair or replacement warranty for any damage. Families will be responsible for loss of a device.
High school students will have a choice to bring their own device (BYOD) with specs similar to devices described above OR sign up for our “rent-to-own” program. The HP laptops are $600 to purchase outright. The 3-yr warranty is only valid while devices are used by students enrolled at Cedars and the machines are maintained by the school. Families may choose to spread payments over 2 years ($300, $300) or 3 years ($300, $150, $150). Proof of minimum payment of $300 (lump sum or pre-authorized payments of $30/month) will be required for issue of device. Families who wish to sign up for the “rent-to-own program need to sign up on this form before Friday, July 3.
High school students will be required to bring their devices to and from home. We do not plan to house and charge devices overnight in the building. Access to power will be made available in all classrooms for charging when necessary.
Many of our students and/or families already have devices that meet required laptop specifications. Some of the laptops in our current inventory have the required specifications. These devices are being sold “as is” for $200. If you are interested in purchasing one of our older machines or will require financial assistance, please contact Jessica Rand, our Technology Coordinator, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).