1-to-1 Laptop Program

1-to-1 at Altamont

“Even though they have computers in front of them, I have never seen my students more focused on class discussions…Because they are actively engaged, the students are not losing interest in such an in-depth, high-level conversation.” –Robbie Ballard, 5th and 6th Grade History Teacher

Rob Dominguez, Director of Education Technology, is a certified Microsoft Innovative Education Expert.

1-to-1 Laptop Program Q & A
Phase 1 of the Altamont 1-to-1 Laptop Program launched 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!

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 laptop 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?

In a word, yes.

Staff:
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. As Director of Educational Technology, Rob Dominguez shares his expertise in the meaningful classroom incorporation of technology to support curriculum. Both Mr. Dunn and Mr. Dominguez are certified Microsoft Innovation Education experts.

Training:
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.

Infrastructure:
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 have recently been completed, 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.

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?

Two laptop models will be available for purchase: Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 11e and Lenovo Yoga L380.

Model Specifications
Lenovo ThinkPad 11e, Yoga 5th Generation - Convertible Tablet/Laptop with an 11.6" 10-point Multi-Touch HD IPS Display at 1366 x 768 resolution, Intel UHD 600 Graphics, Intel Wireless, Internal Stylus Pen, Intel Dual-Core i5-7Y54 Processor, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD Drive, 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB-C, HDMI, microSD Card Reader, Front & Rear Facing Cameras, 3.4lbs and up to 12 Hours of Battery, Windows 10 Pro 64, with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)

Lenovo ThinkPad L380 Yoga - Convertible Tablet/Laptop with a 13.3" 10-point Multi-Touch FHD Display at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Intel UHD 620 Graphics, Intel Wireless, Internal Stylus Pen, Intel Quad-Core i5-8250U Processor, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD Drive, 2x USB 3.1, 2x USB-C, HDMI, microSD Card Reader, Front & Rear Facing Cameras, 3.4lbs and up to 12 Hours of Battery, Windows 10 Pro 64, with Accidental Damage Protection (ADP)

ADP (Accidental Protection Policy) Warranty: There will be three- and four-year options for each laptop. During the life of the warranty the school will process all repairs and manage the software image. Accidental damage will be repaired for the life of the warranty. However, if the device is damage beyond repair the APD warranty will only cover one total device replacement during the term of the warranty. Any accidental repairs to the replacement device from that point forward will be the responsibility of the family. The ADP warranty will not cover theft.

Purchasing Price and Timeline
Both models will be available in three and four-year warranty options.

  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga 3-year warranty with ADP: $1099
  • Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Yoga 4-year warranty with ADP: $1199
  • Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga 3-year warranty with ADP: $1279
  • Lenovo Thinkpad L380 Yoga 4-year warranty with ADP: $1379
  • Families will place orders from March 2 through April 2, using a credit card, on our online laptop web store. Laptops are NOT part of your enrollment contract. They are a separate purchase, like textbooks or other school supplies.
  • Purchased laptops will be shipped directly to the school. The summer will be spent processing, setting up, and imaging the devices. Students will receive their laptops at or around the time of registration in August.

How do I access the online laptop webstore?

Prior to making a laptop purchase through the web store you will have to register an account for the store. The following are basic instructions for registering. Once you’ve registered, the site will keep you logged in for future visits, unless you sign out.

  1. Go to www.laptopschools.com
  2. Click Register in the top right corner
  3. Enter all the required fields (no Partner Code is required)
  4. Click Continue
  5. In the left navigation under “Select Your School”
  6. Select Altamont School
  7. Select the model you wish to purchase
  8. By clicking on the model name you will find optional accessory items
  9. Click checkout and complete your order with a credit card

Can I purchase additional laptops through the webstore for personal use?

Yes. You may purchase additional laptops through the web store. You will need to notify the Director of Technology, Eddy Dunn, at edunn@altamontschool.org, of any personal purchases. The laptops will be shipped directly to the school along with the student laptops. Personal use laptops will not be setup or managed by the school. You will be notified once your laptop has arrived for pick-up from the school.

Can I purchase a laptop for my child that is not in a 1-to-1 grade?

Yes. The laptop will be considered a personal purchase. See the details above. The student may use this laptop at school under the same personal device rules as stated in the student handbook.

When will my student receive his or her laptop?

Families will begin purchasing school-determined laptops, based on the schedule found by clicking here.

Laptops purchased for the 2018-19 school year will be distributed during registration week in August.

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?

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 pool of loaner machines for student use during the time it takes the laptop to be repaired. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year the family purchased laptops will come with either a three-year or four-year warranty including accidental protection. The school will process all repairs and provide a loaner while the laptop is being repaired. The accidental protection will cover any repairable damage during the term of the warranty. If the laptop is damaged beyond repair, the warranty will provide one total laptop replacement. Any future damage that requires a total laptop replacement will be the responsibility of the family.

What if the laptop is lost or stolen?

Loss or theft replacement will be the responsibility of the family. An optional theft insurance policy is available for purchase on the laptop web store. Replacement laptops may be purchase through the web store.

Technology is constantly changing. How often will laptops be updated?

Families will purchase new school-determined laptops every three or four years depending on the warranty model purchased. A new laptop model must be purchased once the warranty term has ended.

We encourage you to view the 1-to-1 Laptop Program Summary for additional information.

If you have additional questions, please contact
Eddy Dunn, Director of Technology
edunn@altamontschool.org
Ally Leonard, Head of Middle School
aleonard@altamontschool.org

Altamont has been selected as a Microsoft School.Useful Links
What Does 1-to-1 Look Like at Altamont?

1-to-1 Laptop Handbook

1-to-1 Laptop Program Summary

Phased Roll Out Timeline

Video: Teacher's Perspective

Video: Student's Perspective

Digital Citizenship

Net Cetera Digital Safety

Contact
Eddy Dunn
Director of Technology

edunn@altamontschool.org

Ally Leonard
Head of Middle School
aleonard@altamontschool.org

“Students are able to quickly do the research online and then teach their classmates in about twenty-five minutes. This is MUCH more interactive than the way I used to teach this lesson.” –Allison Ramey, French Teacher