Student BYOD Device Requirements

If you are purchasing a new device for your student, we highly recommend the Surface Pro 4 or the Surface Book. The school has built a good relationship with the Microsoft store at the St. John’s Town Center. They are aware of our requirements and can help you in purchasing an appropriate device.

The device you have should be part of a package that includes:

  • The device (see minimum specifications below)
  • A keyboard
  • A stylus/pen
  • A protective case or sleeve
  • An accidental damage protection (ADP) plan that provides for at least two claims during a minimum 2-year coverage period.

The minimum device specifications are:

  • Windows 10 operating system
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB hard drive
  • Wireless card must support the 802.11a (5GHz) standard
  • Screen size should be a minimum of 10”
  • Digital Inking capabilities (the kind of stylus that emulates the tip of a finger is not acceptable)
  • Battery life rating for a minimum of 5 hours of video playback
  • Full-size keyboard
  • Front and Rear camera

An iPad or Android tablet device is not sufficient for the needs of our students especially with the lack of Flash capability. Many digital textbooks and educational resources cannot be opened or displayed on iPad or Android devices. These devices will not be allowed as the student’s primary device.

Because Macintosh laptops (Macs) do not offer digital inking capabilities, they will not be acceptable devices for the Bolles BYOD program. However, we understand there is the possibility that one of these devices may have been a recent purchase for you and your family. With that in mind we are granting a transitionary grace period of two years (through the end of the 2018-19 school year) where Macs can be acceptable devices. At the start of the 2019-20 school year Macs will no longer be acceptable and a Windows device based on the requirements above should be purchased between now and the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.

Other advice

Please do not have your child carry their device in their backpack or other case where they tote their books and other belongings. Even in a protective case or sleeve the pressure of the books and tossing of their backpack to the ground will easily crush their device screen. It is advisable to have them carry the device separate from their backpack.

Dealing with breakages

Ultimately it is the student/family’s responsibility to have a working device that meets the minimum standards listed above. Breakages and malfunctions will happen which is why having an ADP plan is so important. It is important to the teachers that the students be able to keep moving forward with their day-to-day in-class work. In the event where a family cannot get their child’s device replaced before the next school day and they do not have another device available, we are going to offer a loaner option for these types of situations. Situations such as “I forgot my device at home” will not be sufficient to utilize the loaner program. Any perceived abuse of this service will be halted. Devices will be loaned out on a per day basis and must be returned by 4pm the same day. Details of the loaner program are still in the works so please check back here for more information.

Surface pens and power adapters will be available for purchase from the campus stores in the event they lose or break theirs. Styluses and power adapters for other brand models will not be available for purchase on campus.


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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