Technology Information for 2022-23:
About our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program
Lincoln Academy has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Much of the academic work required by LA teachers is completed on laptops both in and outside of the classroom, and since 2016 the school has not provided one-to-one computers for students, but rather, asked families to purchase their own laptops that students can carry with them during school and use at home for homework.
We have found that a BYOD program can be more effective than a school provided one-to-one program, and is a more viable solution now that a brand-new Chromebook can be purchased for around $200. Students take significantly better care of hardware they own, and with a BYOD program, students can choose the device that works best for their learning style. Additionally, we have found that students engage differently with their own technology: they use it in more depth, and they invest time and energy into learning the possibilities of technology that they own. The BYOD program builds a culture of ownership and good stewardship at LA, as well as offers students the potential for a more in-depth relationship with the technology they use every day.
The school recommends Chromebooks for most students’ technology needs, because of the relatively high value of function and portability to price point. Most academic work at LA is done via online platforms like Google Drive and Canvas, and Chromebooks have all the necessary functionality to work with these platforms without the added expense, weight, and risk of loss of a large hard drive.
Because students like the Samsung Chromebook 4 11.6″ due its small size and light weight, this is the computer we recommend for most students*. To find this model or similar models on Amazon or Google Shopping, search on:
Samsung Chromebook 4 Chrome OS 11.6″ HD Intel Celeron Processor N4000 4GB RAM 32GB eMMC Gigabit Wi-Fi – XE310XBA-K01US
This model is not a touchscreen. Touchscreens and the ability to fold the computer in half to use like an iPad are helpful to some students. For other Chromebook options, see this Chromebook Comparison Chart. 4GB Ram and 32GB of Storage/Disk Space is all that is needed because nearly all student work is stored in the cloud on Google Drive.
*Students who are active graphic designers, video editors, or coders outside of class should consider a PC or Mac laptop.
Other acceptable devices for Lincoln Academy academic work are:
- PC laptops with at least Windows 10 and current wireless cards
- Mac OS laptops with at least OS X and current wireless hardware
Students have access to computers in the library, and there are Chromebooks available to borrow through the library. These are meant to be a backup in case of unforeseen events, and not replace students’ own devices. If you have questions or concerns, or if providing a device is a significant hardship for your family, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will make every effort to support families’ purchase of student Chromebooks.
Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or concerns you may have regarding technology at Lincoln Academy.