1:1 BYOL Program (Grade 6-12)

Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals.

The technology department at ISL aims to help teachers and students effectively adapt and use new technologies that increase student engagement and learning. As of the 2015-2016 school year, we are a 1-to-1 laptop school after realizing the final goal of the current strategic technology plan. Being a 1-to-1 laptop school allows teachers to redefine tasks in the classroom and increases student engagement and learning.

New students at ISL in grades 6-12 are expected to bring their own laptops as part of our BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) program. For more information regarding this program, student requirements, etc, please read the FAQ’s below:



1. Why do you have a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program?

As an educational tool, laptops provide flexibility for teachers, instant access to information, and support for diverse learning styles. We have found that:
Integrating technology improves student enthusiasm toward learning;
Implementing new teaching practices improves student achievement;
Students develop responsibility and lifelong technical skills in caring for a laptop;
Communication and opportunities for ‘Just-in-time’ learning are improved with a laptop

3. Who will purchase the Laptops?

Families purchase and own the laptop outright. Each incoming Middle and High School student (Grades 6-12) is required to have her or his own laptop. If you already own a laptop, you can use this instead of purchasing a new machine as long as your current laptop meets ISL requirements.

These are the requirements needed in order for our students to be able to operate school/teacher specific software requirements. 

 
Windows
 
Processor:                Intel i5-7xxx processor or equivalent
Operating system:    Windows 10 64bit
Storage:                   256 GB (or larger) hard drive required (SSD drive preferred)
Memory:                   8 GBs or more of RAM
Network Adapter:      802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Ports:                        2 or more USB 2.0 / 3.0 slots.
Battery:                     4 hours
Attached physical keyboard
 
Mac

Processor:                Intel Core i5 or higher
Operating system:    Mac OS X 10.14 
Storage:                   256 GB (or larger) hard drive required (SSD drive preferred)
Memory:                   8 GBs or more of RAM
Network Adapter:      802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Ports:                        2 or more USB 2.0 / 3.0 slots.
Attached physical keyboard
 
We highly recommend that you purchase antivirus software and/or Internet Security, which will include anti-malware and other security features.
 
Choose a retailer that has a good after sales service. The ISL IT Team can help with minor issues but we recommend taking your machine to the retailer and for any serious issues, as they will have the warranty. Sometimes it is worth paying a little bit more for an extended warranty.

4. Do I need insurance for the laptop?

No, but very highly suggested! While we will be working with students to teach them responsibility, inevitably, accidents do occur. You will want to make certain that the laptop is covered in your home insurance. If you have questions about this, please contact your insurance company.

5. Can a student use a tablet/iPad instead of a laptop for this program?

No, tablets/iPads/Chromebooks do not meet the device requirements. Tablets are great learning tools, but may be utilized only as a supplementary device due to limitations that may prevent full participation in class assignments in which technology is required.


6. What if my child already has a laptop computer?

Laptops are acceptable as long as the laptop meets the minimum requirements.
These are the requirements needed in order for our students to be able to operate school/teacher specific software requirements. 

Windows
 
Processor:                Intel i5-7xxx processor or equivalent
Operating system:    Windows 10 64bit
Storage:                   256 GB (or larger) hard drive required (SSD drive preferred)
Memory:                   8 GBs or more of RAM
Network Adapter:      802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Ports:                        2 or more USB 2.0 / 3.0 slots.
Battery:                     4 hours
Attached physical keyboard
 
 
Mac

Processor:                Intel Core i5 or higher
Operating system:    Mac OS X 10.14 
Storage:                   256 GB (or larger) hard drive required (SSD drive preferred)
Memory:                   8 GBs or more of RAM
Network Adapter:      802.11ac 2.4/5 GHz wireless adapter
Ports:                        2 or more USB 2.0 / 3.0 slots.
Attached physical keyboard

7. Can we go out and buy our own laptop at any store?

Yes, of course you can choose to purchase a laptop anywhere, from any company. Please just make certain that it meets the minimum requirement for a laptop for this program.

8. What other schools are using 1 to 1 Laptops in our European Region?

Laptop programs are becoming increasingly common in Europe, and around the world. Currently all major CEESA Schools and most schools across Western Europe are using a 1:1 Laptop program.  Our IT Department is in close communication with several of these school’s IT Departments, and all schools have been very collaborative and proactive in sharing resources, information and supporting each other’s programs.

9. What about battery life and charging?

Students will be expected to bring their laptops fully charged every day, and are expected to recharge them at home. This will help students better manage the use of their laptops.

10. What about viruses and spyware?

Viruses and spyware exist on all operating systems. If you would like to purchase anti-virus software, there are a number of options available for purchase online. We recommend Kaspersky, McAfee or Norton. We recommend free products from Avast, AVG and Secunia. It is important to keep software, plugins and virus definitions up to date on all devices. This helps protect your child, your home network, and the school’s network.

11. What about inappropriate use of technology?

Students will be held accountable for everything listed in the ISL Acceptable Use Agreement.

12. Where do the laptops go when not in use?

Students are expected to leave their laptops in their lockers between classes or if they are inappropriate carried cases, backpacks, or bags.

13. Is it okay to bring the power adaptor from home to use at school?

Yes! We encourage students to bring both their laptops and chargers. We will create areas where students can charge their laptops, however, the areas and time to charge up will be limited. We are currently working on prototypes for charging stations.

14. How much time will be spent on laptops in the classroom?

A blend of traditional and digital learning is key to a quality education in today’s world. The laptops are to be used as a tool. The amount of time the students use the laptops in class and for homework will vary from class to class.

15. What if a student experiences problems with their computer?

IT can assist in helping diagnosing the issue, however, we don’t repair laptops and we are not responsible for any issues that may occur on campus with regards to damage with the laptop or its associated parts.

16. Do you need to buy any specific software the laptop being used?

Every ISL student is issued a Google account as part of the Google Apps for Education. Students are encouraged to use Google Apps to create, collaborate, and share work with peers and teachers. If a course requires the use of a specific application, devices with those applications will be made available to them. However, we recommend that students purchase antivirus software. Please refer to the question above about viruses and spyware.

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