- What does 1:1 BYOL mean?
- How does a mixed environment (different operating systems and types of laptops) create consistency?
- Will the presence of the devices distract students? How will the School address social media education?
- I do not feel as technologically savvy as my daughter. Will there be support in place for me?
- My daughter is new to Marlborough and she doesn’t have prior academic technology training. Will she be at a disadvantage?
- How will Marlborough faculty support their students in this transition?
- What happens if my daughter forgets her laptop at home or if her computer needs troubleshooting during the school day?
- How much time will my daughter spend using her computer?
- Will textbooks be replaced with e-books?
- I am concerned about the additional cost to my family. How will the School address this need?
- What is required of families before the 2015-16 School year?
Faculty report that the majority of their students already bring personal devices to campus. Social media education is currently integrated into our 7th Grade Tech Tools curriculum, and is reinforced throughout the Middle and Upper School program. Additionally, Marlborough is a Common Sense Media Supporter School and works in partnership with Common Sense Media’s resources.
It is our hope that over time we can reduce our dependence on printed textbooks and therefore increase accessibility and reduce backpack weight. We will err on making the best educational decision. Some textbooks are available in electronic format, but many are not. Additionally, as we have already done in some classes, teachers may create their own course content.
Each student must have a device that meets the minimum requirements set by the School. She must also attend the Bring Your Own Laptop Learning Lab (BYOLLL). The goal of the Learning Lab is to ensure that students are prepared to use their laptops on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. To achieve this, the Learning Lab will enable every student to set up basic functionalities on her laptop (verify device requirements are met, connect to WiFi and printers, install software, etc.). Rising 8th-12th grade students (the classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020) are required to attend one two-hour session. Incoming 7th graders will engage in the same process during Violets 101. Students new to Marlborough in grades 8th-12th must attend one of these two-hour sessions. There will be morning sessions (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and afternoon sessions (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) offered Monday-Friday during the following weeks:
These sessions will be held in the ARC. Each student should bring the laptop she will be using during the 2015-2016 school year. Please click on the following link to select the time that best works for your daughter(s):
Bring Your Own Laptop Learning Lab Summer 2015 Sign Up Form
We will require the following for each student’s laptop or tablet:
Windows (Lenovo Yoga or Surface Pro 3 recommended) running Windows 7 or newer
Mac (MacBook Pro or Air) running OS X 10.7 or newer
- Minimum screen size of 13”
- 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RAM recommended
- 802.11a/b/g/n wireless network adapter (802.11ac if available on laptop model)
- Ear buds or headset with microphone
- Required Software:
- Microsoft Office (available through School at no cost)
- Adobe Flash (free)
- Adobe Shockwave (free)
- Java (free)
- Video editing software to be determined
- Audacity (free, sound editing)
- Anti-virus/malware protection, Windows and Mac (an offering with DigiTrust, the School’s IT security partner, is available through the School)
- Backup solution (an offering with Crash Plan is available through the School)
- Students must have administrative access with the ability to install software, remove software, and change all system settings
- No filtering software may be installed
- Carrying case (not backpack)
3-year warranty, insurance, and accidental damage support