To kick off this academic year, the Upper School switched to a hybrid device program, allowing students to choose between using an iPad or a laptop.
In 2013, the School implemented a one-to-one pilot iPad program for all Upper and Middle School students. Last spring, the School announced on the parent portal its decision to make the change.
With iPads, students retain access to eBackpack and Microsoft Office 365. The newly implemented hybrid program, however, allows students to decide what works best for them. Still, all devices much adhere to the School’s acceptable use policy, outlined in the family-student handbook.
“This is kind of an experiment to see what types of devices students are actually using in the classroom,” Director of Technology Michael Langlois said, also noting that the hybrid program is not available on non-Apple devices.
“I completely got rid of my iPad after freshman year,” said Chloe Cochner ’19. “None of my classes required it. Writing a paper or an essay, or doing research and opening multiple windows, is a necessity. The iPad didn’t cut it.”
According to Jordan Minor ’19, laptops also make it easier to multitask.
“With an iPad, it’s not as easy or fast to share documents,” Minor said.
Catherine Leader ’20 still uses an iPad, which she purchased before her freshman year.
“At the time, the School said we had to buy an iPad,” Leeder said. “If I could go back in time, I would have purchased a laptop. I feel stuck with what I have now. I don’t really love it, but I use it.”
Students in the Middle School will continue to use iPads.
“We felt like the Middle School students were utilizing their iPads, and teachers had incorporated several apps specific to the device into their curriculum,” said Middle School Head Carl Rapisarda-Vallely. “For the Middle School, it made sense to keep them.”