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Laptop Maintenance for HS Science Departments

    Physics, chemistry and biology labs should have at least 7 laptops for experiments(in addition with the laptops you may also consider iPad). It is also recommended to have one classroom set of laptops. If the number of laptops are still not enough (i.e., less than the overall number of students in the most crowded science class), there are sufficient science budget funds for technology. Thus, science teachers should place their orders for those missing laptops right after the summer training and before the school starts to ensure the success of this program. (Note: they should be strong enough to render movies; dual core i7 processor) 

•# of laptops = # of students in the most crowded science class + 1
  • The science department is the only group responsible for the maintenance and usage of the class set of science laptops. In addition, they are to be used ONLY for science-related activities and lessons.Save your laptops from the others ! Do not let anyone switch their own (used -old) laptops with the new science laptops.
Laptop options:
Option#1 - DELL Latitude 3570  - $819.85 Vendor: Brighten
15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti Glare (16:9) WLED
Intel® Core™ i7-5500U Dual Core 2.40GHz, 3GHz Turbo, 4MB Cache, Processor
1x 8gb 1600MHZ DDR3L Memory
500GB 2.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce 830M 2GB Graphics
4-cell Lithium Ion (58WHr) Battery
Windows 7

Option#2 DELL precision 3510 - $1118.65 Vendor: Brighten
15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD IPS (1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare LED-backlit
Intel Core i7-6820HQ Quad Core 2.70GHz, 3.60GHz Turbo, 8MB Cache, Processor
1x 8gb 2133MHZ DDR4 Memory
500GB 2.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive
NVIDIA Quadro M1000M with 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
56Whr Lithium Ion polymer battery
Windows 10

Case logic Laptop Tablet Slim Case $24.95 Vendor: Brighten

Electric extension :
Laptop Power Stations: Video, Sample Quote download for POWER Stations

Why do we need laptops in high school ? (2012-2013 edu. year)

1. Laptops/iPads are required for for PBL level 1 investigations and level 2/3 digital presentations and e-portfolios

2. Laptops are not supplementary materials , required for experiments

    • Students and science teachers  cannot make any experiments without laptops. For collecting data , sensors should be connected to the laptops.This year , 12 x 3 = 36 experiments are arranged  in physics , chem  and bio curriculum.
    • Experiments cover 40% of STATE standards.
    • for some topics 40- 50% of  EOC exam questions are experimental.
    • if we do not purchase laptops we have to buy INTERFACE for both vernier and pasco sensors which are more expensive then laptops , and cannot be used for other purposes.
You may see the prices of INTERFACE (350+330=$680)

3. They will be used for online assessment and tutoring like ;

    • Mastering physics , mastering biology and etc ...for AP COURSES. (Chromebooks does not have flash and java)
    • Interactive science simulations and animations like JAVA applets
    • interactive CD and softwares


You have 3 options to keep your laptops;

1- Keep all physics, chemistry and biology laptops in one cabinet.They will not be signed out by teachers and will be kept in a locked cabinet that will be available for all science classes and science teachers.Please do not use laptop carts to keep the laptops.  PICTURE 1-2 

2- Share the laptops for each lab and keep them locked in the related lab. (2/3 groups of laptop and assign one teacher for each group for maintenance and security)

    • All laptops are to be added to the school server with names such as “science01, science02” so that students can log-in and use school server and Internet.
    • One of the science teacher will be defined as an admin user to be able to install all necessary software.  PICTURE 3-4
    • Necessary software (vernier , pasco) will be installed to all
    • Make sure Microsoft Office and Java is installed and updated.
    • All laptops will be in safe laptop bags (purchased separately)  but NOT the carts  PICTURE 5-6
    • In all bags ,  their chargers and USB cabled mouse(purchased separately)  will be included.
    • Same Numbers will be labeled to the laptop , bag , charger and mouse  PICTURE 7-8-9 AND  PICTURE 5-6
    • Laptops can only be used with the chargers so that batteries will always be kept fully charged.
    • For each class there should be enough amount of extension cords for students to use laptops connected to their chargers.
    •  You may order laptop bags , USB cabled mouse and extension cable from where the school purchases office supplies. Case logic Laptop Tablet Slim Case $24.95 Vendor: Brighten
    • On the door of laptop cabinet , a sign-in , sign-out list will be posted. PICTURE 10-11 
    • Only Science teacher will take and return from locked cabinet , DO NOT ALLOW THE STUDENTS TO TAKE ANY LAPTOP FROM CABINET AND NEVER GIVE THEM THE KEY!
    • if any of the laptops or its accessories (mouse , charger) is lost , the science teacher who sign in will be responsible for it.

Note: Order only windows-based laptops; they should be strong enough to render movies; Minimum dual core i7 processor is preferred no need CD driver , finger print etc .
Campuses are used to prefer  DELL from the vendor  Brighten Technology Solutions , 
Please try ask for a better quote from other vendors

Brighten Technology Solutions
11000 S Wilcrest Dr Ste 150Houston, TX 77099
Phone: 281-495-2004 x 115
Fax: 281-495-2006