Why family owned in High School?
Greater innovation and differentiation in the classroom means that students must become more independent learners. This also means they must make more decisions regarding how and where to access the information they need as well as be more creative in how to present that learning. In many cases, that may be different than their classmates sitting next to them. BYOD enhances that ability by enabling the creation of Personal Learning Environments by each student. Since we have concerns about our internet bandwidth, the student use of smartphones using their own phone network is one way to provide BYOD beyond their laptop.
Why do we use the term “family-owned Laptop”?
We believe in the importance of parent involvement when it comes to the use of the Internet and other digital tools by our students. Our young ladies and gentlemen still need parental guidance in the area of digital citizenship, digital manners and laptop care and security. Family-owned indicates that the laptop is shared by the family. Its use and data should be appropriate for any member of the family to operate and view. It is important that parents take an active role in monitoring the use of the laptop. The student needs to feel a sense of responsibility to the family for the care and use of the laptop.
What laptop should our family purchase?
Your choice of laptop should match your child’s or family's educational needs. The educational program of some students only requires them to do Internet research, word processing and occasional multimedia presentations. In this case, simple, somewhat inexpensive laptops may meet their needs. Some 1:1 programs are even exploring the use of Chromebooks, smart phones and iPads with Internet, word processing and spreadsheet applications to satisfy their school computing needs. Students should check the requirements of their class syllabuses before selecting this as an option. Some students who take multimedia-rich electives probably will prefer high-end laptops that easily handle video and other large graphic editing.