- What is the Technology Initiative?
- Why did HB implement this technology plan?
- What kind of device do we need to buy?
- What are the specifications for an Upper School device?
- Will our computer need a DVD player?
- How will students use the devices in the classroom?
- Do students need to bring their devices to every class?
- How will the devices be kept safe?
- Can students charge their device during the day?
Students in grades 6-8 will purchase an iPad as specified by the school. Upper school students may purchase any laptop computer with a keyboard — PC or Mac, any brand.
- 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)
Research shows 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 is needed for teachers to explore best practice.
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.
Students should keep their computers or iPads in their lockers when not in use.
Students will be expected to bring the computer or iPad to school charged to last a minimum of four hours. There will be limited opportunities for charging laptops or iPads at school.