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2017 - 2018 Grade 9-11 Bring your Own Laptop Program

Dear Parents:

We are excited to offer a Bring Your Own Laptop program for all Rick Hansen Grade 9 - 11 students.

This program provides students with the opportunity, at the teacher’s discretion, and with parent support, to use personal laptop computers under supervision in the classroom for learning.

We believe that the use of digital technologies to improve student learning is a key part of being an innovative school that prepares students for lifelong learning.

Bring Your Own Laptop Benefits

improved access to online resources and digital tools
enhanced opportunities to learn appropriate digital communication and citizenship skills
additional opportunities to create digital projects
access to assistive technologies
ability to collaborate during class time on digital presentations and documents

Device Recommendations

In order to participate in this project, students are asked to bring a basic laptop to school that meets the following minimum requirements:

Chromebook laptop (highly recommended)  
Windows or Mac laptop not more than 4 or 5 years old (Windows 10 operating system or newer; Mac 10.6 operating system or newer). A new laptop should be purchased if the family plans to use it until grade 12.
Battery that is capable of holding a charge for at least 5 hours
Internet capability
Working microphone (and also a webcam if available)
Headphones
Case or sleeve for protecting the laptop when it is inside a backpack or bag to increase the lifespan of the computer
Charging power cord

The school is recommending the Dell Chromebook 11 and has worked out special pricing with Staples in Abbotsford.

Notes

An expensive laptop (E.g., Microsoft Surface Pro or Macbook Air) is not needed. No purchased software is needed as the school will be using Google Apps for Education.

All students are expected to take the laptop home each evening.

A small number of school district provided laptops will be available for those families facing financial hardship.  If a family is not able to provide their own laptop, please contact the school Principal, Mr. de Wit, to arrange for an alternative.

Once again, a Chromebook is more than adequate and meets all the requirements.

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Additional Information

Student learning will benefit greatly by having easy and regular access to a laptop computer for research, inquiry, projects, and more.
If parents or students have questions in advance, please contact the school.
Students will be taught the appropriate use of technology with clear guidelines around expectations and consequences.
The district firewall, which provides website filtering, will be in place for students while using their computer at school (not at home).
Parents and students are asked to review the “Student-Owned Device Handbook.” Here is a web link to this document: http://rickhansen.sd34.bc.ca/sites/default/files/Student-Owned%20Device.pdf
Students are expected to bring their laptop to school each day fully charged.
We will help students be mindful of the security of their laptop and also provide a storage cart in the classroom. However, students are ultimately responsible for the security of their own laptops.
There will be a $25 “Peace-Of-Mind” optional insurance payment program available to parents. If there is a computer theft, police investigation and report completed, the school will pay up to $400 for a replacement laptop.

Where to purchase your device

Parents are welcome to purchase their device from any supplier.  The school district has arranged special pricing at the following location:

Staples (Abbotsford)

One year warranty

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