Instructional Needs Include:
Our plan includes the addition of a technology bundle for the 2015-16 school year. The technology bundle consists of a companion device (Dell touchscreen Chromebook), technology support and repairs, filtering, management, secure Wi-Fi access, and software (Google Apps for Education and Microsoft 365). The focus committee reviewed Apple, Windows, and Chrome devices based on the instructional needs of our school. The committee was unanimous in selecting the Chromebook as the device that meets our identified criteria of instructional tools, filtering, access, warranty, and value. There are many features that the technology bundle provides that are not provided through a personal purchase of a device, including a 3 year warranty, technical support, and a consistent instructional platform.
Mountain Brook Schools have once again partnered with the Mountain Brook Schools Foundation and our families to make this plan a reality. The technology bundle is supported through a lease program enabling students to keep their device for their entire time at Mountain Brook High School. Because of this partnership, there will only be a small increase in the technology fee.
Every student will be assigned their individual devices the first week of school. The faculty will work with students to ensure that they are trained on usage of the device, access to resources, safety, support, and responsibilities. Opportunities will also be provided for parents to learn more about the device and its usage in our classrooms.
We are very excited about the technology bundle and the resources that it will provide our students and faculty. For more information, please visit the additional links on the website.