BYOD Program Announcement

Dear Parents of Upper and Middle School Students,

We are excited to announce that beginning in the 2017-18 school year, we will implement the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirement for grades 9-12 for the Bolles Upper School students. This step takes us to the next phase of our program and will now seamlessly require all Bolles students from middle through upper school to bring their own device. The intent of the required BYOD program is to ensure academic teachers are able to plan appropriate and engaging class experiences, knowing all students will have access to their own personal wireless technology.

Over the last two years, we have found that having digital inking capabilities along with a full desktop operating system like Windows 10 is desired by our teachers in order to allow for more opportunities using technology in the classroom. Therefore, each student must have a Windows 10 device with digital inking capabilities (see BYOD Requirements regarding Macs). There are a variety of devices that have these capabilities, but their experiences can be very different. We highly recommend the Surface Pro or Surface Book lines of devices. If you already have a device that you would like for your child(ren) to use, the link below will lead to suggested and acceptable specifications to help guide you in assessing currently owned devices or to guide you in considering a new student device. If you intend to purchase a new device for your child, we encourage you to consider doing so well in advance in order for your child to become familiar with the device prior to the start of the school year. We are announcing these plans now to give our families time to assess your current devices and possibly take advantage of any holiday sales.

The School provides wireless access and a Microsoft Office 365 account to all student devices. The Office 365 account provides your child with a Bolles email address and the ability to install the Office Suite on their device as well as four more devices.

All campus buildings have wireless network access so your child will not be required to have a data plan in order to use the device at school. All students are only allowed to use their devices for academic purposes during the school day unless otherwise directed by their classroom teacher. Each student is responsible to come to school with a fully charged device.

We thank you for your support and attention to this new policy and we hope you are as excited as we are about how this will continue to enhance the overall academic experience for our students.

Best Regards,

Paul Sollee
Chief Technology Officer

Please feel free to contact Chief Technology Officer, Paul Sollee at solleep@bolles.org if you have any questions about this new program for your child.

Bring Your Own Device Requirements and additional information.


Technology Learning at Work

The ABCs of Bolles Technology: An Explanation of One Lesson From the Middle School Computer Lab

"With desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and game consoles, technology is everywhere and most students know how to use them well, but not many know how they actually work inside. Through hardware building, software installation and programming, and electronic wiring, the students learn how their devices operate. They also learn valuable critical thinking and problem solving skills which can be used in any subject."

- Mark Meyers - Computer and Robotics Teacher at Bartram Middle School Campus

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