One-to-One Frequently Asked Questions
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What Do I Need To Do For My Student To Receive a Laptop?
For detailed instructions regarding how to get your student's laptop, along with the required forms, instructional videos, and other important information, please visit our eLearning 2.0 page by clicking here.
Is My Student Required to Receive a Laptop?
Laptops are being used to connect students to resources at school that they otherwise could not access. Even if programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe are available at home, students will need a way to sign in to lesson materials, content (including videos), additional textbook resources, and programs like Canvas throughout the day. Students will have access to a laptop at school whether or not they need them at home.
WHAT KIND OF LAPTOP WILL MY STUDENT RECEIVE?
All LHS students will receive an 11-inch Macbook Air.
Do I need to pay for the laptop?
No! The laptop is completely free. However, if your student wishes to take the laptop home, or to any other off-campus location, you must either pay a once-per-school-year $50 insurance fee or provide proof of homeowner insurance.
What if I don't want to pay the $50 insurance fee and Can't Provide Proof of Homeowner INsurance?
No problem! Your student will still receive a laptop. However, they will not be able to take the laptop off of the LHS campus. Secure storage will be provided where they can place their laptop at the end of each school day.
Laptops do not need to go home. For homework assignments requiring a laptop, we have staff remaining until 4:00 p.m. The late access to laptop support staff allows students time to work on assignments after school and still have a place to secure their laptop for the night. We also have staff on hand in the morning before school, so picking up a laptop will not make students late to school. We will adjust the time staff is available if the times we have scheduled do not work.
CAN'T MY STUDENT JUST STORE THEIR LAPTOP IN THEIR LOCKER?
For a number of reasons, we do not consider lockers a secure place for a laptop to be stored:
- Not all students have a locker and many who do are sharing them with someone else.
- Lockers may be targeted if someone notes that students are storing their laptop in them at a certain time each day or overnight.
- Overnight storage in a locker also prevents the laptop from being charged for use the next day
Because lockers are unreliable as laptop storage, we are providing carts in supervised locations for students to store laptops. Carts will be located in classrooms and other locations where there is direct supervision by adults and cameras, in the best situations. In the event a student gets the wrong laptop from a cart, name labels, barcodes, and serial numbers will be used to get the laptop back to the correct owner.
How is One-To-One Being Funded?
Through our work with iSchoolCampus, the Logan City School District has received funding from the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and purchased 11" MacBook Air computers for students as part of our one-to-one initiative.
Could the Money For These Laptops Have Been Used Somewhere Else?
No. The money purchasing these laptops comes from a grant through the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Logan High School is participating in the last of a series of statewide pilot projects exploring the best way to approach one-to-one learning in our schools. As a state, Utah expects all schools to prepare for one-to-one learning. Funding all schools for laptops, tablets, and/or Chromebooks has been discussed in every legislative session for the last five years. We are currently participating in another study ordered by the legislature last year through SB222. The Logan laptop project is a piece of a much larger puzzle that may involve as much as $120 million dollars in one-time funding and additional annual funding for technology to sustain digital learning in Utah schools. Additionally, Logan benefits from participating in the GOED project because many of our construction costs count as the matching funds that were required to get this grant.
Are Laptops Really Needed?
The short answer is, yes.
For over 20 years educators have been discussing how to get some kind of device into the hands of students for instruction. Computer labs proved difficult to access or schedule and the value of the instructional resources (software) available was questionable.
Today we are experiencing a tidal wave of shifts in how instructional content is delivered; examples include everything from textbook publishers who only provide certain resources digitally to new learning approaches like the “flipped learning” in Khan Academy. Teachers are being challenged daily to find ways to connect students to what is meaningful for their learning and to help them organize themselves to use their time wisely when the world is at their fingertips. Digital instructional resources improve every year and the frustrations associated with finding an immediate way, in the classroom, for students to access digital content increases each year as well.
Government leaders spend their time discussing the best ways to get a laptop, tablet, or Chromebook for each student, not whether they should have access to one. Internet capable devices are a must in today’s learning environments for delivering instruction and for giving learners more say over the time, place, path and pace for studying.
After reviewing device options, the laptop was chosen for high school students because of the need at their level to create and publish information, not just consume (or interact with) content.
Have There Been Studies?
Yes, many. And there will be many more. Our website for 1:1 learning references several examples, studies, and resources about how digital learning has impacted student achievement. You may access this information directly at http://www.elearning2lcsd.org. Some links under teacher training and information that may interest you are:
- The American RadioWorks report produced a couple of years ago.
- The Horizon Report produced each year to show trends in digital learning.
- The ISTE website that always has an abundance of research.
- The Framework for 21st Century Learning for a digital learning overview.
- The Employability Skills Framework for how all of this comes together.
What About Concerns Over Reading Off of Hard Copy Vs. a Computer Screen?
Again, there have been many studies, and there will be many more. As a school district, we are very sensitive to this issue. Textbooks are being purchased in both formats to address sensitivity to reading on a screen. Without proper adjustments, screen reading has been known to cause eyestrain and some individuals are more sensitive to this than others. To make material more accessible to learners who need print media, efforts continue to purchase printed textbooks.
Social Media and Other Online Concerns
Social media continues to be a concern for all of us. We are not currently blocking Facebook or YouTube because of teacher requests to use these. We are blocking SnapChat, Pinterest, Instagram, and others. I like to think of filters like a crossing guard at a busy street. We know students will have to cross, so even with someone on duty, we must work together every day, every crossing to ensure their safety.
We are required by both CIPA and COPPA to use policy, filters, and supervision to minimize the chances for students to be exposed to pornography, or to be exploited or abused through the internet access given to them at school. The filters in place in our schools are the best available, but we continue to remind everyone that no filter can be relied on at all times. We are encouraging those looking for added protection to enable “Restricted Mode” at the bottom of the YouTube window and to use “Settings” for Facebook to control apps, ads, videos, etc. We are also prepared to create more restrictive settings when we are made aware of individual needs.
The need for home and school partnerships, as well as other community partnerships, is greater than ever as access increases. We share your concerns with media additions. Efforts to simply block access do not prevent the possibility of falling victim to pornography or other things. We must work together to update best practices, educate each other in the ways to protect ourselves, and to stay informed about resources that will help if our efforts fail. In a world constantly reaching out to our children with undesirable content, we must work together to prepare them to counter the dangers they face.
We encourage you to visit our Internet Safety Resources page for links and other information related to how to keep yourself and your family safe on the internet.