1:1 F.A.Q

    • Should I bring a case? Yes, students are expected to bring their own carrying case for their laptop. We recommend a neoprene or quilted sleeve with extra padding or a molded EVA-foam style hard shell case that will provide protection for the computer. We do not recommend a skin as the only means of protection, especially when the laptop is placed in a backpack.
      • Possible vendors:
        • Incase – For basic protection
        • Hard CandyFor Moderate Protection
        • G-FormFor extreme protection
    • What grade levels will use laptops? All grades 9-12 will be involved in the 1:1 Learning initiative.
    • What type of device will the students use? Students will lease Apple MacBook Airs 13.3″ or bring their own device from home
    • Why Apple and not a PC? Apple provides a complete educational solution. Apple machines are less prone to viral attacks and come with excellent educational software for 21st Century learning activities incorporating diverse media productions. Students that prefer PCs can bring their own from home.
    • What happens if the laptop is broken or needs repair? All laptops will come with AppleCare protection. If the computer is broken because of accidental damage parents and students will be responsible for the cost of the repair.
    • What type of security or parental controls will exist? While in school the laptops will be subject to the security and protection protocols that are in place. The laptop’s operating system also comes with parental control options that can be set to protect students from visiting dangerous sites on the Internet. In addition, students will be expected to adhere to the district’s Acceptable Use Policy.
    • Will students be able to take them home? Yes. Students will be able to take the laptops home at night and during the summer. 
    • How will they store them at school? Students will be responsible for keeping them safe. They can store them in their backpacks, lockers, or locked classrooms.
    • What happens at the end of four years? Students may buy the laptops for a dollar plus tax or return them to the school. However, district owned software will be removed if laptops are purchased at the end of the lease for licensing reasons.
    • What happens if I transfer to a new school? You can return the laptop to the school or buy out the remainder of the lease.
    • What training will students and parents receive? Students will participate in a training session before the start of the new school year. If students can’t make the summer training we will make in school support and online resources available. Parents will have a series of workshops available to them through the district/High School. These workshops will be organized by topics and details will be shared out via the 1-1 site and the HHS listserve.
    • What is the cost to the parents? The current cost to parents to lease the laptop will be $330.00. This will cover the device, software, technical support, student training and the AppleCare protection plan.
    • Will my child still have to purchase a graphing calculator? Yes.  In order to prepare for standardized tests such as the MCAS, SAT and AP Exams, students will need to use a graphic calculator in math classes to be ready for these exams.  
  • What if I cannot afford to participate in the program? Students who cannot afford to participate in the program will be provided access to a laptop during the school day. If a student has school related work to do at home they may sign out the laptop for the evening. In addition, students who meet district financial assistance guidelines (such as those set for free and reduced lunch) will be provided laptops at a reduced rate.  
  • What if I choose not to participate in the program? Students who are not participating in the program will have access to a laptop or workstation during school hours only. In addition, they can loan a laptop out for the evening if it is needed to complete school work.
  • Can all the benefits of a 1-1 initiative be realized if you do not lease a Macbook Air from the school district? Many of the benefits of the 1-1 initiative for individual students can be gained without a leasing a MacBook from the district, specifically incorporating the productivity and organizational tools into student practice. However, the benefit of participation in the school-directed program is that all students have access to the same type of device with curriculum based applications, which would provide a consistent platform for teachers and students to engage in the 21st Century activities including multimedia creations in the classroom.  By introducing multiple types of devices, it may put teachers and students at a disadvantage because they are not familiar with certain devices or software programs.  Many of the web 2.0 tools are web based and will work seamlessly on either platform.  In addition, if students have their own devices, we cannot ensure that they will work properly and cannot be responsible for fixing issues as they arise. 
  • What if I have already purchased a laptop for my child? Students can elect to bring in their own laptops. However, we will not be able to provide technical support for these machines and licensing requirements does not allow us to provide software for them. However, technicians will work to support students to resolve log in issues and to ensure they can access the Internet and cloud based resources.
  • If students bring in their own machines, how will teacher’s ensure that they are not at a disadvantage? Students will not be penalized if they do not lease a laptop from the school, but they may have to find comparable software programs to do projects or activities that are assigned.  We will create a list of software resources for students and parents that will be available prior to the beginning of the school year.  Also, many of the activities will be web based and could be accessed on either platform.  For example, all students have access to Google apps like Google docs which enables them to collaborate on a document on any platform anywhere they have Internet access.
  • Will tests be administered online? Some tests and quizzes will be given in an online environment. In the near future, we will use a program called Galileo to conduct benchmark assessments online.
  • Will laptops be used for all subjects or just the core? Yes, all teachers will utilize student laptops to enhance instruction. However, teachers will still continue to use a variety of teaching methods and tools to deliver instruction.
  • Can parents have access to student Gmail accounts? Parents will only have access to students email accounts by asking their children to share their address and user information. The entire school district has already made the change to Gmail and Google apps. All high school students currently have accounts for school purposes.
  • Will the laptops be locked down so students can’t download software? Students will need appropriate access to add home networks and printers. They will have to make arrangements with the technology department to add or update software.