The WJCC 1:1 laptop program provides students with a laptop for their use during the day and at home to complete work, conduct research, collaborate with peers, and otherwise enhance the learning experience.
Participation by students in the 1:1 program is not required, but is strongly encouraged. Teachers will be using the laptops as part of their daily lessons and for work that is not easily replicated without a computer. Students will be asked to complete electronic work from home. The 1:1 laptop program is currently available to middle school students and those students involved in the High School innovation programs (Pathways, LINC5, and Concourse 9).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who will receive a laptop?
All students in WJCC middle schools will receive a laptop with a division-provided carrying case for protection. Laptops will not be issued until all necessary paperwork is completed and turned in.
How will the students use their division provided laptops?
Students will use their laptops for educational purposes only, and at the direction of the teacher. Students will use their laptop to complete assignments, access classroom materials, research, create projects, and enhance overall learning.
Use of the laptops will allow:
- Students to build information and media literacy skills, including analyzing and evaluating resources, which is critical for 21st century citizens
- Students to participate in engaged, active learning
- Students to utilize technology tools that facilitate opportunities for students to create, interact, and collaborate
- Students to interact with material in different, unique ways to meet their specific learning needs
What are the expectations of use for my child?
It is expected that the students will use the laptops for educational purposes, for example: completing homework and conducting research. Every student will also be expected to agree and sign the Student Memorandum of Understanding and Responsible Use for Laptop Device.
Will all students be required to have a division-provided device?
Although it is not required it is highly encouraged because teachers will be using the laptops as part of their daily lessons. Students will also be asked to complete electronic work from home; however, there will be an Opt Out Form available for parents and students to sign. The form will give parents two options: to either opt-out of the program completely or to allow student access at school but not to bring laptop home with them.
Can my student bring their own device instead of the district issued laptop?
No, there is not a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy in place at the middle schools. If a student does not participate in the 1:1 laptop program, they will use school issued technology when needed for assignment completion.
Will my child be allowed to install software onto the laptop?
No, only division-loaded software may be used.
How will teachers prevent students from using social media or surfing the web during instructional time?
Students should be instructed to use their laptops only when completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class.
Will parents be held accountable for damage to division-issued laptops?
Parents will be asked to compensate the division for laptop damage that is the result of intentional or neglectful actions.
What will the consequences be for misuse or inappropriate use of the laptop?
Details are provided in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and the WJCC Code of Conduct.
Will parents need to purchase additional items for use with the laptop?
Not necessarily, but it is recommended that students have a means to back-up documents for future use (e.g. thumb drive). Additionally, some students prefer to use a mouse and therefore purchase a wireless mouse for use with their laptops.
Can any family member use the laptop?
No, each student will log in with their individual username and password. Parents are encouraged monitor their child’s usage and progress.
Will students be able to use the laptops over the summer?
No, laptops and carrying cases will be returned at the end of the school year for repairs and preparation for the upcoming school year.