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What is the Technology Initiative?

The technology Initiative is a plan to have a device for every student in grades 3-12 for use in the classroom. The plan also involves making technology a greater part of instruction in the lower grades, with iPad carts available for classroom use.

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Why is HB implementing this technology plan?

The curriculum of a quality education needs to include instruction in the use of technology for communication, organization, research, presentation and skill development. With this technology plan, HB will take this a more formal part of our curriculum in every class, not just in the computer lab. We want girls to be prepared for their future, one that is certainly going to be rich in technology.

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What's the timeline for the rollout?

Fall 2011 PK-Grade 5 — School purchase
Jan 2012 Grades 7, 9-10 — Family purchase
Fall 2012 PK-Grade 5 — Add additional carts
Grade 6, 7 and 9 — Family purchase*
Fall 2013
and future
Grade 6 — 1st family purchase
Grade 9 or 10 — 2nd family purchase*
*new students will need to join their class as they are admitted
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When do we need to buy our own device?

Estimated Purchasing by Class
Class of JAN 2012 AUG 2012 AUG 2013 AUG 2014 AUG 2015 AUG 2016 AUG 2017
2012 (12)              
2013 (11)    ?          
2014 (10)  X            
2015 (9)  X            
2016 (8)    X          
2017 (7)  X            
2018 (6)    X          
2019 (5)    X          
2020 (4)      X        
2021 (3)        X      
2022 (2)          X    
2023 (1)            X  
2024 (K)              X
Year by year view of the proposed phase-in schedule. Whether or not the class of 2013 will need to purchase a device for HS is undecided since they are so close to needing to buy one for college. We’ll make that decision based on the success of the first phase.

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What kind of device do we need to buy?

Students in grades 6-8 will purchase an iPad as specified by the school.  Upper schoolers may purchase any computer with a keyboard — PC or Mac, any brand.  See below for what the computer needs to have.

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What does our computer in Upper School need to have on it?

The minimum specifications for a student-owned computer are as follows:
  • Keyboard
  • Wireless Internet connection capability
  • Web browser: IE, Firefox, Safari, Chrome
  • Battery that can hold a charge for a minimum of four hours
  • Office apps (Microsoft Office, Mac iWorks, OpenOffice, GoogleDocs)

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Will my daughter's computer need a DVD player?

No.

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How will students use the devices in the classroom?

We keep hearing that even the best technology initiatives in schools only have students on their devices 30-40% of their school day. While this is a significant amount of time, not everything will need to change immediately, or in some cases ever. There are things that technology can’t replace. Computers and iPads won’t be in use the entire school day. But we sincerely hope that each teacher will be actively searching for innovative ways to use technology to allow his or her curriculum to really expand. And we will provide the level of support that’s needed for teachers to explore best practice.

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Do students need to bring their device to every class?

Yes, students will need to have their devices with them all day unless a teacher has told them it is not necessary to bring them to class that day.

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How will the devices be kept safe?

Students should keep their computers or iPads in their lockers when not in use.

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Can students charge their device during the day?

Students will be expected to bring the computer or iPad to school charged to last a minimum of four hours, but there will be limited opportunities for charging computers or iPads.

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