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Important 1:1 Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

During the November 8 board meeting, ZCS school board members approved an updated 1:1 technology plan. Beginning in the fall next year (2022-2023 school year),  Zionsville Middle School (ZMS) and Zionsville West Middle School (ZWMS) will be using a staggered approach to transition into a 1:1 rental program that will eliminate the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).  *These changes will only affect the current 4th grade class (class of 2030), students who are incoming 5th graders next year at ZMS and ZWMS.*

 

How it works.

 Current 4th grade students (Class of 2030) will be required to rent a Lenovo 500W Touchscreen from ZCS for the start of their 5th grade year in 2022. Students in grades 6-8 will maintain their BYOD status for the 2022 school year so as not to interfere with already purchased devices.  All current middle school students who started with BYOD will have the option to maintain BYOD status throughout their middle school years. The chart below shows the staggered approach over the next four years as we transition out of BYOD and into this new rental program.

Class/Grade Level

School year

1:1 Computer Stepwise Timeline

Class of 2030 (Current 4th)

2022-23

5th grade only

Class of 2031 (Current 3rd)

2023-24

5th and 6th grades

Class of 2032 (Current 2nd)

2024-25

5th, 6th, 7th grades

Class of 2033 (Current 1st)

2025-26

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grades


WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS CHANGE?
For roughly the last decade, ZCS middle schools have operated a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) 1:1 computing system.  The increase in student enrollment, state mandated tests, network security measures and in-class digital operations have increased significantly during this time making our ability to run a BYOD program an unsustainable option.  Our overall goal is to improve the efficiency of our digital instruction in the classroom and increasing cybersecurity measures.  The wide variety of different computer models, operating systems, program versions often requires students and teachers to stop lessons and troubleshoot all these different systems.  While this time is often not long, the missed instructional time and frustration does begin to add up over the course of a semester.  With all students on the same model, we can increase efficiency in the classroom for both students and teachers while being able to get incredibly specific with our professional development around technology in the classroom.   
 
WHAT WILL THE COSTS BE?
  • The rental fee will be a cost of $135.00 per year. The final rental costs will be available after the funding and purchasing has occurred and the School Board can vote on fees. 
  • We are working with a 3rd party vendor for optional accidental insurance. 
 
  • The ZCS Technology Department is a fully certified Lenovo workshop.  This means we have a parts depot for quick repair times at a cost of the market value item needing repaired.  Click the following link for a breakdown of the repair costs
 
WHEN WILL MY 5TH GRADER RECEIVE THEIR DEVICE?
The devices will be handed out on the first day of school.  We will collect devices at the end of school for reimaging and repair over summer break.  Students will receive their same laptop each year.
 
WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE A CASE?
Each laptop will have a clam shell case attached which helps to protect the laptop. 
 
WHAT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS THAT WEREN'T ANSWERED HERE?
Please reach out to Dan Layton at [email protected].
 
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE DEVICE?

Lenovo 500W Touchscreen

The new 1-500w series are rated to meet the MIL-SPEC-810H and Lenovo EDU Spec standards, and are also built to be shock-, drop- and spill-resistant. Their ports are reinforced, too, and include 1 USB type-C 3.2 Gen 1, 1 HDMI 1.4b port, a 3.5mm jack and an SD card slot, even if it is micro.

Easier to carry than many textbooks

Built for teachers and students on the go. Between home and school, students and teachers have a lot of places they have to be every day. Starting at 1.33 kg / 2.93 lbs, the new Lenovo 500w laptop is light enough so they can get on with their day without feeling bogged down.

Leave the power cord at home

Backpack, textbooks, notebooks, pencils, and more—students have enough to keep up with every day. No need to add a power cord to that list. With up to 9.7 hours* of battery life, the Lenovo 500w will last for a full day of classes and more. Bring it home, charge it up overnight, and forget the cord all over again the next day!

*All battery life claims are approximate maximum and based on results using the MobileMark 2014, MobileMark 2018, JEITA 2.0,continuous 1080p video playback (with 150nits brightness and default volume level) or Google Power Load Test (PLT) battery-lifebenchmark tests. Actual battery life will vary and depends on many factors such as product configuration and usage, software use,wireless functionality, power management settings, and screen brightness. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease withtime and use.