Next Generation Learning Initiative
Laptop Purchase Program
While the District will provide laptops for checkout by any student, LVUSD is also working with a local partner, MJP Technologies, Inc., to provide parents with the opportunity to purchase a personal device for their children. Purchasing a laptop not only helps LVUSD sustain the technology program, but also offers students the ability to have the same laptop year round (district laptops must be returned at the end of the school year), to decorate them any way they see fit (no stickers or any other customization is allowed on a district device), use any carrying case they might want, and to develop a sense of ownership that helps to ensure better care of the device. Please note that purchasing a laptop is not required - the district will provide loaner laptops for checkout at the school library for those students who do not bring their own. Loaner laptops will likely have been used by prior students and will be similar, but not necessarily the same as those listed on the web site.
The device the District will be using in the 2017-18 school year is the Acer TravelMate Spin B1. Designed with classroom environments in mind, the TravelMate Spin B1 is a convertible touch-screen device that features a ruggedized design with a rubber strip that frames the chassis and protects the device from unexpected bumps and drops. A solid hinge which opens up to 360 degrees can take on up to 25,000 swings, while the cover can withstand up to 132 lbs of pressure. The keyboard is spill-resistant with a water drainage design that protects against accidental spills. It doesn't need a fan, so it's whisper-quiet and runs cool. The TravelMate Spin B1 is slender, light, and delivers long battery life – for portable computing with great productivity.
Specifications are as follows:
- Model: Acer TravelMate Spin B1
- Operating System: Linux (ubermix)
- Processor: Intel® Celeron N3450 Quad-core processor 1.10 GHz
- Memory: 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage: 64GB EMMC Flash
- Display: 11.6” Full HD 1920x1080 multi-touch IPS LCD
- Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Battery: 4-cell, 3220 mAh, approx 10 hour battery
- Warranty: Limited 1 year warranty
- Price: $295 + tax
Even though this device is extremely durable, we recommend that you purchase a padded sleeve or case for your child to carry the laptop in, in order to prevent unnecessary bumps and bruises. If you would like a full featured case, the Max Cases Max Explorer Ballistic Nylon Case is a good one, with specifications as follows:
The New Explorer bag features impact memory foam to protect your device from drops and bumps. In addition to retaining straps on each corner, an elastic strap secures your laptop just below the hinge. These straps work together to secure your laptop in a way that allows you to work without removing it from the bag. When it's time to call it quits, just close your laptop, zip the bag closed and go.
Price: $23.00 + tax
Another option is the Bump Armor RSP Sleeve Case, as follows:
- Stylish hybrid nylon padded sleeve/case that is protective, cool and modern.
- Interior lining is soft and cradles your device.
- Convenient front pocket for cables or small items.
- Slip pocket on the back for holding papers.
- Removable shoulder strap.
- Slim profile allows easy access into and out of backpack.
- Outside: Nylon. Inside: Soft brushed polyester.
- Price: $20.50
In addition, many parents have requested a mouse to go with their laptops. While there are several wireless options available, we recommend a wired mouse so as to avoid interference with other students should they be brought to school. The District's partner offers special pricing on the Logitech B100 Wired Optical Mouse at $7.50. We have tested this mouse and found it to perform well with the laptops.
If you would like further information and a formal quote from our hardware partner, MJP Technologies,
Devices will be delivered to your school within a few weeks of your order. If you have any questions about purchasing, the process, time to delivery, etc, MJP Technologies contact information is as follows:
MJP Technologies, Inc., 6085 King Drive, Suite 102, Ventura, CA 93003
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - 805-981-9511-phone - 805-981-3775-fax
While the Acer TravelMate includes a 2 year warranty, the warranty does not cover accidental damage, breakage or theft. Should you wish to purchase an extended warranty to cover an unexpected damage or loss, MJP is also offering excellent rates to LVUSD families.