Technology Information for 2020-21:
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 $150. 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. There are several options for purchasing Chromebooks.
Other acceptable devices for Lincoln Academy academic work are:
- PC laptops with at least Windows 7 and current wireless cards
- Mac OS laptops with at least OS X and current wireless hardware
- iPad or Android tablets of sufficient size to do significant academic work
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 the office over the summer. We will make every effort to support families’ purchase of student Chromebooks.