Academics
Technology & iPad Program

Transition to 1:1 Laptop Program

Transition to 1:1 Laptop Program

As an outcome of the transition to our iPad program several years ago, an implementation and innovation committee was formed to continually guide and shape the BBHS 1:1 technology program. The committee, comprised of departmental designees, members of the technology department, parents and faculty, has recommended a bring your own device laptop program for the 2019-2020  academic year. This decision was rooted in maximizing learning inside and outside of the classroom and best preparing our students for life in a college environment.

For more information about the program rationale, cost and device specifications, please see the FAQs below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q.
    What are the benefits to a laptop program?

    • As a college prep school, the use of a laptop is better preparation for college.
    • Laptops are excellent tools for creation.
    • Laptops offer more opportunities for student collaboration.
    • Families have more options/choices for best meeting the needs of their student.  Additionally, we are no longer tied to a particular brand, platform and operating system.
    • No longer using iPads allows teachers to use Flash, Java and other programs that our iPads currently do not support.
  • Q.
    What are the costs associated with the laptop program?

    With a laptop program, families are able to select a device that fits their needs. It is possible that the device can travel with your student to college, therefore eliminating that extra cost.
  • Q.
    Will there be financial aid offered?

    Families may apply through the Brave Assistance Program. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Ramsey, Director of Finance, at tramsey@bishopblanchet.org or 206-527-7705.
  • Q.
    What are the device specifications?

    Please refer to the Device Specification document for information for the 2019-20 school year. This will be updated annually in the spring. 
  • Q.
    How will this be phased in?

      2018-2019 School Year: 
      • All students required to have an iPad. Students may bring a laptop in addition to an iPad.
      2019-2020:
      • Incoming 9th graders purchase a laptop meeting device specifications
      • Grades 10-12: iPad still supported, may bring their own device
      • Assess critical mass of laptops
      2020-2021:
      • Incoming 9th graders purchase and 10th graders have a laptop meeting device specifications
      • Grades 11-12: iPad still supported
      2021-2022:
      • Grades 9-11 BYOD laptop (meeting device specifications)
      • Grade 12: iPad still supported
      2022-2023:
      • Schoolwide 1:1 BYOD Laptop Program in effect
    • Q.
      How will a laptop program affect books?

      The goal of having mostly digital textbooks remains our priority. iBooks will be changed over to eBooks by the 2019-2020 school year.
    • Q.
      What is the Professional Development Plan for transitioning to a laptop program?

      A subcommittee was formed and has developed a plan for the 2018-2019 school year in order to best prepare our teachers for a laptop program.
    • Q.
      How will my child be prepared for a laptop program?

      Our goal is to intentionally transition students into our school through Brave Welcome, opening orientation and the first few weeks of school in their classes, to all incoming freshmen beginning in 2019. This approach will "onboard" them with the necessary skills to be successful, technologically-savvy students.

      We will have a device readiness checklist that will be checked during Community Period at the beginning of the school year.
    • Q.
      When will this new program be up for review again?

      Our plan is to maintain a Technology Committee to annually review the program and provide guidance on program direction as needed.

    Device Specification Information

    Contact with Questions

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