Upper School Laptops

As mentioned in previous posts, OES has school-provided laptop program in the Middle School, but a “bring your own, when you need it” laptop environment in the Upper School. Both of these approaches have been evolving in tandem, and next year we’ll have the first set of ninth graders who had 1:1 laptops for two years in the Middle School.

US LaptopsTo prepare for this, we created a presentation for US faculty about the possible changes next year as more laptops come into ninth grade with more expectations of use. We don’t have all the answers for structuring, shaping and managing this changing environment, so we’re sponsoring a set of stipend days in the summer for US Faculty to come in and discuss the issues and help us create guidelines for improving laptop use in the Upper School.

The presentation is available here as a PDF download:

Upper School Laptops

It has been edited to remove examples of student work, but it may still give you some ideas about the differences between Middle and Upper School uses of laptops. Here’s two of the points that are made in the presentation:

— It would be better if we had a stronger culture of laptop use in the Upper School that was academic in nature and influenced by faculty instead of student-created and guided.

— Overall, the more we can influence and improve students’ actual use of computers, the more we shape a major part of their lives.

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