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One to One Technology Program

One to One Technology Program

One-to-one (1:1) technology programs provide students access to their own computer and the internet. Students use these computers to do research, complete homework, problem-solve, communicate with teachers, and engage collaboratively in team projects. They gain valuable technology skills that enhance their education and promote lifelong computer literacy. One-to-one also allows for distance learning online in the event of a school closure due to a natural disaster or pandemic.

Loyola is officially beginning its 1:1 Technology Program in Fall 2020. All incoming freshmen will be required to have an Apple MacBook. All Fall 2020 sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the option of using either an Apple MacBook or Windows laptop. We highly recommend using an Apple MacBook since our school utilizes Apple technology and the vast majority of our faculty and staff currently use one. For more information please review the content on this webpage or contact Terence Stephenson or Teresa Kawamata.

Based on Loyola’s extensive experience using Apple products and their reputation for quality & reliability, we have elected to utilize Apple MacBooks. A recent survey of the class of 2022 found that that the majority of students who have a computer currently use an Apple computer. The majority of Loyola’s faculty and staff use Apple computers as well.

AppleCare+

Every Mac comes with one year of hardware repair coverage through its limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary support. AppleCare+ extends your coverage for up to four years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. In addition, you’ll get 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone.

For our 1:1 program, every student must purchase AppleCare+. This provides full hardware and software support for your Mac without you having to worry about the cost and quality of repairs. Please note that AppleCare+ must be purchased within 60 days of purchasing your new mac. For more information about AppleCare+ please visit Apple’s AppleCare+ page.

Our 1:1 Technology Program has the following requirements:

  • Students must have their own MacBook for use both at school and at home.
  • The MacBook must have AppleCare+ coverage.
  • Students are required to bring their MacBook to school each day with the battery fully charged and in good operating condition. 
  • The MacBook must enroll in Loyola’s mobile device management (MDM) solution. Students will receive instructions on how to do this during a mandatory technology orientation bootcamp.

How to purchase

Students may purchase their MacBook from any authorized Apple reseller including the Apple Store, Best Buy or Costco. Loyola has worked with Apple to create a Custom Apple Store for Loyola High School. Through this store you will be able to purchase Apple macs or iPads at Apple’s educational pricing rates. Items can be shipped directly to you or you can arrange to pick them up at you local Apple Retail Store.

MacBooks should not be purchased second hand and/or through an unauthorized third party. This is to protect our students from purchasing damaged or stolen products that would not be supported by Apple. Macs purchased though these means are also not eligible for AppleCare+ which is required for our 1:1 program.

Approved Models

For our 1:1 program, we allow any new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. For most students the MacBook Air is recommended. Students who plan to take digital photography or use their MacBook for video editing may need a MacBook Pro which has more processing power and storage. Please remember that AppleCare+ must also be purchased with your mac as required by our 1:1 program. AppleCare+ can be purchased online, at the Apple Store or by calling 800-275-2273 within 60 days of purchase.

Recommended accessories

One accessory we highly recommend is a hard shell case to protect the MacBook from damage. We have used Incase and Speck products in the past and have been pleased with them.

Most MacBook models have only usb-c ports for connectivity. If you plan to connect older usb devices such as printers or flash drives we recommend purchasing a usb-c hub such as this. This hub will also allow you to connect an external display via hdmi, connect to a wired network and insert external memory cards.

1. Will there be support for families on financial aid?

Our goal is to support as many financial aid families as we are able by providing a MacBook for any family who qualifies for one based on financial need. More details will be released in summer 2020.

2. What applications (apps) will be provided to students in the 1:1 program?

Students will be provided the following apps at no charge:

  • Google Apps for Education
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office
  • Malwarebytes Cyber Security

Please note that these apps are only provided to our students while they remain students at Loyola High School. Once a student graduates or leaves Loyola, access to these apps will be revoked.

3. What Apple MacBook do you recommend?

The model we recommend and the one current faculty and students use is the MacBook Air. Students who plan to take digital photography or use their Macbook outside of school or activities such as video editing, music creation, etc… might opt for a mac with more memory or storage space such as a MacBook Pro.

4. What are my son’s support options if something goes wrong with his MacBook?

One of the reasons we require AppleCare+ coverage for our 1:1 program is that it offers mac owners 24/7 priority access to Apple experts by chat or phone. AppleCare+ also provides 3 years of hardware coverage for your mac including up to 2 incidents of accidental damage coverage (subject to a service fee).

We also have a student helpdesk that assists other students with common problems. The student helpdesk is located in the Dwan Technology Center and is open before and after school each day.

4. Does Loyola monitor what students are doing on their MacBooks?

Loyola High School does not directly monitor what students do on their own devices whether it is their MacBook or their phones. We do however monitor all network traffic on campus. If your device is connected to our Wi-Fi, we actively monitor what websites and services that device is accessing. Off campus however, we do not have the capability to do that even if we wanted to. Per the Student Responsible Use Policy however, students are responsible for their activity when using Loyola provided services such as Gmail and Canvas regardless of where they are accessing it from.

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