TECHNOLOGY FAQ

/ 1:1 Program Overview

Q. When did this program begin?

A. We began planning during the 2004-2005 school year and piloted the program in 6th grade in 2005-2006. Subsequent grades were phased in over the next three years. The program was fully implemented in grades 6-12 by the 2008-2009 school year.

Q. How many students are in your district and how many devices do you have?

 A. 1,700 students prek-12; 2,000 devices, of which about 1,500 are Apple laptops.

Q. Do you have block scheduling which allows for more classroom time for laptop start up/shut down?

A. There is modified block scheduling at the middle school and high school. Computer startup and shutdown is minimal as students keep laptops on most of the time so they are up and running in seconds and shutting down is just closing the screen.

Q. Do you have computer classes at the middle school level in addition to the integration that is occurring in the classroom?

A. In 6th grade it is very important to lay a good foundation for use of the 1:1 laptop program. 6th grade students participate in lessons for several weeks at the beginning of the year to prepare them for laptop use. 7th and 8th grade students participate in 9 week computer classes. In these grades, classes are transitioning from skill-based lessons to more knowledge-based or process-based lessons.

Q. You seem to have a lot of things for parents to use: online conference scheduling, PowerSchool, homework online, etc. Are parents required to attend an orientation every year to learn how to access these things?

 A. We have two parent orientations at the beginning of the year for 6th grade parents: one for laptops and one for school. We cover these topics at the orientations.

/ FUNDING

Q. How was the laptop program funded initially?

A. Donors helped with initial capital outlay.

Q. Do parents now cover the cost along with tuition? What is the approximate cost to them each year?

A. Parents cover a portion of the laptop cost through an annual rental fee. Students pay $175/year plus $15 for insurance with a $200 deductible.

Q. How are students with financial aid supported in renting a laptop?

A. The fees are reduced due to the school’s financial aid program.

Q. Do students keep the same laptop for a set number of years?

A. Students keep the same laptop from 7th-9th grades. In 10th grade they get a new one that lasts from 10th-12thgrades. The “ownership” piece is very important to keeping the laptops in good shape. For 5th and 6th grades, students get used laptops after the 9th and 12th graders are done with them.

/ USAGE & EQUIPMENT

Q. Do students carry laptops home nightly?

A. Yes, in grades 6-12 each student has a laptop to take home each night. Students hand them in at the end of the school year so we can refresh the software and then they get the same laptop back in the fall when school starts.

Q. Can students access their work remotely?

A. Students have all of their documents on their laptops. We have tools in place so they can collaborate online: Google Apps, Moodle, and Blog Servers.

Q. Are the students allowed to download and install software at home? How do you manage this if you do?

A. No, this is not an option. A password is required to install software on the laptops.

/ EDUCATION

Q. What are some common online tools that are used in the classroom?

A. Evernote is our e-portfolio space for storing student work from year to year. Google Apps allow for real time teacher feedback and online collaboration with fellow students. Moodle is a tool for teacher and student communication. It provides a great place for discussion and collaboration and allows students to submit information electronically.

Q. What types of activities are you able to do because of the 1:1 technology program?

A. Examples include:
-Podcasts
-Skype connections
-Wiki collaborations
-Digital portfolio work
-Foreign Language audio assignments
-Quick checks on understanding in class
-Better writing and editing – quicker feedback
-Added math foundation through Aleks math
-The ability to have an open ended projects
-Students programming games on their own
-Students developing sketchup designs on their own
-Create quick video demos of understanding

/ TECHNICAL QUESTIONS

Q. Do you use a secured wireless environment?

A. Yes.

Q. Do you retain the laptop during the summer for imaging/tech updates?

A. Yes, this is a big summer project for our tech team!

“Holland Christian has amazing faculty, terrific facilities, excellent use of technology, kids well-prepared for life after high school. We are so blessed to have our children at HC.”

-PARENT