Technology Information for 2023-24:
About our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program
Lincoln Academy has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Since 2016 the school has asked families to purchase their student’s laptop for use in the classroom and for homework. Much of the academic work required by LA teachers is completed on laptops both in and outside of the classroom.
We have found that a BYOD program can be more effective than a school-provided one-to-one system, and is a viable solution because new Chromebooks 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 needs. Additionally, we have found that students engage more fully with their own technology: they invest time and energy into learning the possibilities of their device. The BYOD program builds a culture of ownership and good stewardship.
Lincoln Academy expects every student to possess a laptop capable of browsing the web via a wireless connection. This could be:
A Chromebook capable of updating according to Google’s ChromeOS Auto Update Expiration (AUE).
Microsoft Windows laptop running Windows 10 or 11.
Macintosh laptop with at least MacOS macOS Catalina (10.15.7) or newer.
Lincoln Academy 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 and weight. There are several options for purchasing Chromebooks. Visit the LA website for a Chromebook buying guide and comparison tool: https://www.lincolnacademy.org/technology-for-parents/
One model to consider is the 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 are expected to arrive on campus each day with a fully charged laptop or they should be traveling with their own charger.
If you have questions or concerns, or if providing a device is a significant hardship for your family, please complete this form.
Feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or concerns you may have regarding technology at Lincoln Academy.