Olympus Jr. High School is excited to announce the evolution of its one-to-one program, which will expand the Chromebook program that has served the school well during the last four years. When we adopted the Chromebook program, it was clear that this was best device for Olympus at that time. As technological tools and platforms have developed since then, Olympus has determined that a different approach to the one-to-one program will better serve the students and teachers. We will now take advantage of more recent developments and trends in educational technology that offer a variety of options to better serve the learning needs and preferences of our students.
Olympus (and other schools throughout the Eureka Union School District) will adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program starting in the 2017-2018 school year. This means that families will be able to choose a device to bring to school from a list of recommended devices that meet minimum specifications. We chose this program for several reasons:
So, how does this work? Families will be able to purchase a device that meets clearly defined functional requirements. The information below will describe these requirements and offer examples of approved devices to help families make informed decisions. Please consider the following steps before purchasing a device for your family:
While this program allows for choice and customization, student devices are required to meet several requirements. This is meant to help families narrow their search, not dictate specific devices. The list of minimum requirements is below this text.
If you have any questions about the BYOD program, please take a moment to review the FAQ found on our website: BYOD FAQ.
Olympus Jr. High School has developed a list of minimum device requirements that are flexible enough to meet the needs of both the classroom and personal preference.
Every student must have Internet access outside of school, either through WiFi or a physical connection, to complete homework assignments. This can be at home, in a relative’s home, or in a public place such as a library or coffeeshop. Families with financial difficulties should investigate if they’re eligible for the Internet Essentials program ($10/month Internet: http://www.internetessentials.com/)
Below is a list of recommended equipment that some students may find useful:
Olympus Jr. High School will provide user-level technology support, such as troubleshooting apps and software issues, to the student body. Physical damage or complex issues will require the families to find options for support off campus. In the event of a damaged device, students will be able to borrow a loaner device until their device has been repaired or replaced. Families are strongly encouraged to consider an extended warranty, breakage policy, or a customer support program when purchasing a new device.