Derryfield instituted a successful "Device of Choice" (DOC) program in the Upper School several years ago. Students and their families have the ability to choose the device which works best for them. This decision allows most, if not all, of our students to continue using the device they currently have, as the upper school program will be web-based, not tied to specific applications. Students are expected to have their device in school with them every day. This upper school 1-1 program has an impact in numerous areas, including access to and delivery of material, the exchange of work and feedback, the development of organizational skills, and the cultivation of essential 21st century technological skills.
Our technology leaders have worked to define “acceptable” devices under this program, no easy task given how fast technology changes. Here are the guidelines and suggestions for acceptable devices:
● An acceptable device for an upper school student should allow the student to connect to our Wi-Fi network, create, edit, and share documents, videos, and images. It should have the ability to store files on the device or in the cloud. Laptops should have an 11” display or larger.
● Supported operating systems: OSX 10.13 or newer, Windows 10 Pro or newer (Windows Home does not work well in our network and should be avoided).
● Devices that do not fit this program include: Smartphones, iPads, iPad mini, iPod Touch, Chromebooks, Android and Windows tablets and similar devices because of their limited screen size, inability to install software and the need for extensive typing.
If you have any questions or comments please contact Jonathan DeYoung, IT Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.669.4524, ext. 2269 or Mia Ek, Technology Integrationist, at email@example.com or at 603.669.4524, ext.2221.
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