Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allows students to bring personally owned technology to school for educational use.

In the fall of 2015, Henry Sibley High School began its shift to a digital learning environment (electronic textbooks, web-based curriculum, a robust WIFI network, etc.), which created the need for students to bring a device to school each day.

After researching the programs and applications used at the high school and gathering input from teachers, it was determined that a laptop (versus a tablet) is the device that will best meet students’ academic needs. All students will have the option to use a school-owned laptop, however if a family chooses, they may provide their child with a laptop.

When students purchase their own device they have the ability to:

  • Select the platform that fits their personal needs/preferences (e.g. Mac vs. PC)
  • Archive and back-up files
  • Customize settings and configure overall device set-up
  • Download and install personal applications and software
  • Upgrade their device at their own discretion
  • Continue using the device in college or post-secondary training

If a student chooses to bring a laptop that they currently own or one that they purchase, it must meet the following requirements.

Requirements for PC laptops:

  Minimum  Recommended
Screen  10 inches (measured diagonally)  10 inches or larger
CPU/Processor  1 Gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86)/64-bit (x64)  2 Gigahertz; an Intel Celeron or better 
RAM/Memory 2 Gigabytes (GB)  4 Gigabytes or better 
Hard Drive/Disk Space  32 Gigabytes 64 Gigabytes or better
Operating System  Windows 7  Windows 7 or newer 
Battery Life  4 hours  6 hours or better 
Wireless  Capable  Wireless 5 GHz capable 
Built in Camera  Not required  Recommended 

 

Requirements for MacBooks:

  Minimum  Recommended
Screen  10 inches (measured diagonally)  10 inches or larger
CPU/Processor  Intel Core Duo Intel Core i5 or higher
RAM/Memory 2 Gigabytes (GB)  4 Gigabytes or better 
Hard Drive/Disk Space  32 Gigabytes 32 Gigabytes or better
Operating System  OSX 10.7  OSX 10.9 or higher 
Battery Life  4 hours  6 hours or better 
Wireless  Capable  Wireless 5 GHz capable 
Built in Camera  Not required  Recommended 


Requirements for Chromebooks:

  Minimum  Recommended
Screen  10 inches (measured diagonally) 10 inches or larger
RAM/Memory 2 Gigabytes 4 Gigabytes or better 
Hard Drive/Disk Space
16 Gigabytes 32 Gigabytes or better 
Battery Life  4 hours 6 hours or better
Wireless  Capable Wireless 5 GHz capable 
Built in Camera Not required Recommended 


PURCHASING A DEVICE
The following is a list of devices that will meet the necessary requirements. This is not intended to be a complete list, however. Families may find other (non-tablet) devices that meet the requirements and could be purchased for the BYOD program.

Please note: This list is current as of May 9, 2017. Prices and models may vary over time.

Device Approximate Cost  Screen Size Battery Life  Weight 
Lenovo ThinkPad E550 $577 15.6" 6.3 hrs 7 lbs
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260  $877  12.5" 10 hrs 2.9 lbs 
Hewlett Packard Stream 11 Pro G3  $382 11.6" 8 hrs starting at 2.82 lbs
Hewlett Packard ProBook 455 G4  $508  15.6" 10 hrs starting at 4.58 lbs
Lenovo N22 Chromebook  $190 11.6" 10 hrs 2.8 lbs
Lenovo 11e Chromebook  $337  11.6" 8 hrs 3.1 lbs
Samsung Chromebook 3  $190  11.6" 7 hrs 2.5 lbs
MacBook 13" Air  $999 13.3" 9 hrs 2.38 lbs
MacBook 13" Pro  $1,300  13.3" 10 hrs 3.48 lbs
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with keyboard
$1,063 12" 9 hrs 1.37/1.76 lbs

 

Laptop or Chromebook
West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) has partnered with a company called CDW-G to offer an option for families who would like to purchase a laptop or Chromebook for their student. District 197 regularly works with CDW-G to make technology purchases and the company has agreed to extend district pricing to families. Ultimately, however, families may purchase a laptop or Chromebook from the retailer of their choice.

Purchases may be made through CDW-G at anytime. Please ensure your student will have their device by the start of school, keeping in mind it will take approximately two weeks for it to be delivered. Your order will be shipped to the address you designate, not Henry Sibley High School. 

Learn more about CDW-G and view device options at www.cdwg.com/isd197

If you would like to place an order, call 1-866-770-0358 and tell them you are part of West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197). Purchases cannot be made online.


Macbook
Families who would like to purchase a Macbook Air or Pro can order online through Apple or by visiting an area retailer.




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