1:1 Wayland High School Proposals
2012 - 2013 (FY13)

After careful, detailed research WPS Administration with the support of the Technology Task Force unanimously agree that Wayland High School should move forward with a 1:1 Computer Learning Initiative for the FY13 school year.  This recommendation includes the purchase of a MacBook computer for every student in grades 9-12.

Support for this recommendation can be found throughout this website and in the National Education Technology Plan.

Hardware Model:  MacBook Computer with 4GB Memory

  • Proven with best track record in 1:1 initiatives for last 10 years
  • Ease of use = ease of implementation
  • More time spent on curriculum = less on hardware issues
  • Consistent interface is paramount for teachers, staff and students to implement
  • Provides a solid hardware interface with longer life cycle
  • Fewer risks for virus infections
  • Longer battery life
  • Enhanced applications for rich content creation with iLife Suite
  • Ability to run Windows and MAC OS on same computer
  • Apple Care covers damage
Program Overview

The base cost to lease 900 computers for 4 years is approximately $230,000. They will be owned by the school and have all related school software installed on them. Families and students will learn how to manage the computers on their own, thus building technical skills required by all today. When problems arise, there will be access to support at school and/or at the Apple Store through our 3-year Apple Care protection plan. There will be loaner computers should we need take a computer for repair. Wayland will have students and staff trained as Apple certified hardware technicians. The only area where we might incur added costs would be for curriculum specific software to be installed on all 900 computers. However, we are testing the use of VM Ware View to allow students to share and use these applications through our Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), thus eliminating the need to install curriculum specific software on all 900 computers. We also encourage the use of cloud-based applications.

An optional insurance fee will help supplement the added funds needed for technical training, support and repair. There are no additional Professional Development funds needed, as ongoing instructional technology teacher training is embedded into our existing Professional Development initiatives. And our extensive Wayland RISES blended learning professional development program was offered to all High School staff in FY11.

Program Highlights
  • Lease 900 (+/-) MacBook Computers (4GB Memory)
    • This provides us with approximately 40 extra computers to loan to students when maintenance is required.
  • 4-year lease at $230,000 / Year in the Operating Budget
  • 3 years of Apple Care Protection:  http://www.apple.com/support/products/
  • Parents pay for insurance (Optional - Approximately $45 / year)
    • Provides $20,000 - $35,000 in funds for miscellaneous costs; technical training, support and repair.
  • Infrastructure Costs: Maintenance funds requested in FY13 Capital for Networking will be allocated IF an expanded networking infrastructure is needed. Thus, added costs for infrastructure will not be incurred.

Leisha Simon,
Apr 20, 2011, 11:01 AM