A well-developed technology program to complement the curriculum is essential in developing an enhanced college preparatory experience for our students. In the 2015-16 school year, Bishop DuBourg High School introduced a school wide One-to-One Tablet Initiative. Each Bishop DuBourg student will be equipped with a Microsoft Surface tablet that offers students the ability to utilize the tablet as a laptop or touch screen device. When considering our technology choices for one-to-one, we selected a tablet which is more affordable for our families and also compatible with the Microsoft technology that is already used in most homes.
The purpose of this One-to-One Tablet Initiative is to provide our students the opportunity to integrate technology into all aspects of the educational experience. Our goal is to fully engage the students in the learning process and extend their classroom experiences beyond pages of books and walls of the school building. Utilizing these tablets on a regular basis will allow students to understand the valuable role of technology in their high school education and in their future educational endeavors.
What type of tablet is used at DB?
Microsoft Surface Pro4, a tablet that acts like a laptop.
Why this tablet?
This tablet meets the educational needs of our students and faculty and is financially feasible for our families.
How much do the tablets cost per school year?
Bishop DuBourg leases the tablets to each family for a fee of $275. This fee is added to each families’ tuition plan.
What does the tablet fee cover?
The fee covers the use of the tablet, pen, charger, extended warranty, software (Microsoft Office, antivirus, web filter, etc.), in-school tech support, use of school printers, and wireless network, and student training. The school provided web filter (Barracuda) will keep students from going to unapproved (non-educational) websites while at school and at home.
Do students use the same tablet all four years?
The quality of the product and the outstanding warranty that comes with it will allow students to use this product for all four years.
When students graduate, are they able to purchase their tablets?
Because of our agreement with Microsoft, we will be keeping the tablets for four years at DB. This ensures that the tablets will all be under warranty. In 2021, we will sell these tablets to interested families.
Do students have use of the tablet outside of school?
Yes. Students may use the tablet at home in the evening, on weekends, and possibly over the summer months provided all payment requirements are met each year. The IT Director may decide it is necessary to keep the tablet at school for part of the summer for routine updates and imaging. If a student does not follow DB’s Acceptable Use Policy, the student may lose the privilege of using a tablet outside of school.
When do students receive their tablets?
Each student and at least one parent/guardian must attend an orientation and training session in early August. During this session, the tablet will be distributed once the user agreement is signed by both the student and parent.
May students opt out of using the tablet?
No. The benefits of this educational tool can only be achieved if all students use them each day.
If a student already has a tablet, will he or she be able to use that one at DB?
No. Bishop DuBourg will set up each tablet as a managed device on our network to ensure DB has consistent security, configuration and content.
Is there technical support for the tablet at DB?
Yes. DB provides technical support during school, and loaner tablets are available if extensive work is needed on the tablet.
There are two types of damages - external and internal. Microsoft will usually cover all internal damages at no cost (i.e. tablet will not start up, touch screen has stopped working, keyboard has stopped working (excluding damaged keyboards), etc. Handling is also free for all internal damages. External damages will be assessed a fine (i.e. cracks in the screen, items jammed or broken off in the ports, spillage, etc.) Handling is $20 for all external damages. When a student causes external damage to their tablet, we will require that a case be purchased and used at all times.