Landon is fulfilling the goal articulated in the Strategic Plan to “develop a sustainable, school-wide, and integrated approach to academic technology and technology infrastructure” by using Microsoft Surface computers schoolwide. For the coming school year, 2020-21, the school will adopt the following:
- Grades 3-6 will use school-owned computers that will be assigned to them at the beginning of the school year. We are referring to this as an “in-school 1:1 program” as students will have their own computer to use at school, but they will not be bringing that computer home.
- Grades 7-8 (Forms I and II) will use school-owned Surface computers in a 1:1 program, both in school and at home.
- Grade 9 (Form III) students will purchase and bring their own Surface computers.
- Grades 10-12 (Forms IV-VI) will continue to participate in the existing voluntary bring your own device (BYOD) program and will continue to do so until they graduate.
In an email, the school provided current Form II families with the guidelines on the requirements for the Surface that students will need.
“The gradual phase in of Surface computers will provide our boys with a consistent and high-level learning tool in the classroom as they progress through their Landon experience. We also want to afford families time to plan for the purchase of a Surface computer for their son’s Upper School years,” said Assistant Headmaster Charles Franklin. He and Director of Educational Technology and Libraries Laurie Sears led the effort to develop the overall technology plan with input from students, parents, teachers, and the technology staff.
“This one Landon approach will allow our students and teachers to spend less time learning how to use different products and more time to explore, create, organize, produce, and present on a uniform platform in a seamless manner,” added Sears.
Current families should visit the "Computer Plans" page in BearNet Resources to view information shared with parents and to view our answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ).