1-to-1 Laptop Program
Phase 1 of the Altamont 1-to-1 Laptop Program will launch during the 2017-18 academic year with 5th and 6th grade students using school-owned devices. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, families will begin purchasing their own school-determined devices, based on a five-year roll out plan. Altamont is excited to be launching this innovative program!
1-to-1 Laptop Program Q & A
What is a 1-to-1 Laptop Program?
In a 1-to-1 laptop program all students in a classroom, grade, school, or district are provided laptop computers for use throughout the school day and at home. Generally, the goal is to enable teachers and software to deliver more personalized content to students, to boost students' technology skills, and to empower children to do more complex and creative work. In a 1-to-1 laptop environment, the school embraces a model of constructive learning, which favors teaching students how to figure something out over teaching them to remember something.
Why should we have a 1-to-1 Laptop Program at Altamont?
An important part of Altamont’s mission is to ensure that our students are 21st-century learners. Altamont has used and is continuing to use numerous forms of computing technology for teachers and students, including computer labs and classrooms, mobile computer and iPad carts, and a “bring your own device” approach, as well as software such as Office 365/OneNote and the Learning Management System Haiku. A fully integrated 1-to-1 laptop program will enhance our ability to make learning even more active by engaging students with technology such as digital inking, electronic books, and collaborative learning.
Is this something Altamont has thought through carefully?
We have been thoughtful and deliberate in our research on the teaching and learning benefits of a 1-to-1 laptop program. We have had in-depth discussions within our faculty and both virtual and real visits to schools with established and successful programs, as well as conversations with schools that have not been successful.
How will teachers implement this technology in the classroom?
Altamont teachers are already incorporating technology in the classroom through the use of SmartBoards, SmartTVs, Office 365/OneNote, Haiku, and school-owned laptops. Teachers in grades 5 and 6 have all received specialized training in implementing technology in the classroom through the 1-to-1 approach. As the 1-to-1 program slowly rolls out, teacher training and professional development will progress on a grade-by-grade level.
Does Altamont have the necessary resources (staff, training, infrastructure) in place to make this program successful? Yes.
Eddy Dunn, Director of Technology, is identifying the laptops that students will use, as well as the necessary software and protection packages, overseeing the upgrading of Altamont’s hardware and wireless systems, and coordinating laptop distribution, training, and repair. Rob Dominguez will assume the role of Director of Educational Technology so that he can share his expertise in the meaningful classroom incorporation of technology to support curriculum. Adam Frye, who is always on the lookout for ways to enrich Altamont’s effective use of technology, will continue his valuable work with Haiku.
JP Hemingway and Ally Leonard will work with students and parents to properly train them on the use and care of laptops, as well as the importance of good digital citizenship and cyber security. Trudy Loop will ensure that Altamont is providing the necessary opportunities for professional development and training for teachers. Ashley Davenport will provide helpful guidance on managing screen time.
Through Office365, students have access to the full suite of Microsoft Office products both in the cloud and downloadable to their personal computers. This has allowed for greater communication between the faculty and their students, along with increased collaborative opportunities and the ability to store work in the cloud for anywhere, anytime access. All students also have Altamont email accounts and use Haiku on a daily basis. Network upgrades are already in process and capacity will continue to grow along with the program.
Will all students be required to have a laptop?
Eventually, yes. Altamont has chosen a phased roll out of this program, which means that some current students will graduate before the program has encompassed all grades. Please click here for a link to the proposed timeline for implementing the program. During the 2017-18 school year, 5th and 6th grade students will use school-owned laptops, for which they have paid a technology fee as part of their enrollment contracts. After the 2017-18 school year, families will begin purchasing their own school-determined laptops based on the roll out schedule.
Can my student use a laptop from home?
Families will be required to purchase a school-determined laptop the first year of their student’s entry into the 1-to-1 program. This will ensure that every laptop will have the same quality and capability, so that faculty and staff will not have to troubleshoot or repair a range of devices. Your student may bring a laptop from home until his or her grade is rolled in to the 1-to-1 program. Please click here for a link to the proposed timeline for implementing the program.
Can we rent a laptop from the school?
No. Families will be required to purchase their own school-determined laptop. The school does not have the capacity to coordinate a laptop rental program.
Will the cost of the laptop be part of our enrollment contract?
No. Families will purchase laptops separately, like textbooks or other school supplies.
How much will the laptop cost and what type of laptop will it be?
In February 2018, the school will let families know the type of laptop that they will be required to purchase. The cost of the laptop will be influenced by the cost of the machine itself, as well as the necessary software, protection, and insurance.
When will my student receive his or her laptop?
During the 2017-18 school year, 5th and 6th grade students will use school-owned laptops, for which they have paid a technology fee as part of their enrollment contracts. After the 2017-18 school year, families will begin purchasing school-determined laptops, based on the schedule found by clicking here.
What type of training will my student receive on how to use and care for the laptop? Will parents receive training too?
Both students and parents will receive in-depth and in-person training regarding the use and care of the laptops. Instruction for students will be ongoing as they grow and mature in the program through classroom use. You will receive emails from the school with dates and times for training.
What happens if the laptop breaks or is stolen?
Students must immediately report any damage or loss to the Director of Technology, Eddy Dunn. Do not attempt repairs or take the laptop to a repair center. Altamont will send broken laptops out for repair and will have a small pool of loaner machines for student use during the time it takes the laptop to be repaired. The school will provide two accidental damage repairs. Any further accidental damage will be charged to the family. Loss/theft or total destruction will be charged to the family at replacement cost.
Technology is constantly changing. How often will laptops be updated?
Families will purchase new school-determined laptops every four years.
We encourage you to view the 1-to-1 Laptop Program Summary for additional information.