1:1 Computing @ Payton

2017-2018

The purpose of the 1:1 Computing @ Payton program is to prepare students for their future in a global, digital world where they will be expected to use information and technology to create, examine, explore, communicate and collaborate. It is our vision that students will leverage 1:1 computing at school and at home for their coursework, research, and collaboration. Integration of technology in the classroom expands and enhances the possibilities of teaching and learning as students and teachers solve problems, gather and evaluate information, and disseminate work efficiently. 1:1 computing can facilitate student focus and attentiveness in class through learning that is either self-paced and individualized or collaborative and cooperative.

Teachers recognize that technology integration is only one of the many tools they can and should utilize in the design and implementation of lessons. The relationship between teacher and student is a critical important one and will not be replaced by the use of computers in the classroom.

Commencing in the 2017-2018 academic year, all Payton students will have a dedicated laptop computer. Based on a recent survey we conducted with students, a supra-majority of students already have access to and use a personal laptop regularly on campus and at home. Universal disbursement of the laptops will ensure that all Payton students have equitable access to robust learning experiences. Further, universal disbursement will allow teacher to design and implement a fuller array of rich learning experiences because they know that all of their students can fully participate in the activities. By contrast, having a technologically heterogeneous population of students in which some students have laptops and others do not, would limit teacher’s abilities to fully leverage the multiple technology-borne learning tools.

To ensure that 100% of our students have a laptop next year we ask parents and students to take the following steps:

  • Step 1. I currently have a Chromebook, Windows laptop, or MacBook. Some students currently have one of these mobile computing devices which may or may not meet the minimum specifications to be a functional tool in Payton classrooms. To determine if your device is compliant with the minimum specifications, please review here.
    • If your current device meets the minimum specifications, then please simply complete the "Survey" found at the bottom of the Device Compliance page. Then, just bring your fully-charged device to registration in August. That's it. You're done.
      • N.B. iPads or similar devices are not compliant and will not suffice as 1:1 computing tools.
    • If your current device does not meet the minimum specifications, then proceed to Step 2.
  • Step 2. My current device does not meet minimum specifications or I do not currently have a mobile computing device.
    • If you are a full fee-paying family at Payton or your current school (for class of '21 families), then you need to obtain a mobile computing device that meets the minimum specifications. You can obtain any device of your choosing as long as it meets the minimum specifications. One option might include the Chromebook 3180 (click here for details), which is an approved device for CPS. Please ensure that the device is obtained prior to registration in August. Then, just bring your fully-charged device to registration in August. That's it. You're done.
    • If you currently pay reduced fees or are waived from paying fees at Payton or your current school (for class of '21 families), then please simply complete the "Survey" found at the bottom of the Device Compliance page. You will receive a follow-up email by June 13th regarding next steps.

If you have any questions, please send a note to 1to1@wpcp.org.