All certified teachers (minimum .5 FTE) will receive a technology upgrade for SY 2021-22:
- Lenovo X-1 convertible laptop (specifications may be different than shown here for memory/storage capacity)
- Think Pad Docking station
- 23″ Monitor
- ONE cord plugged in to the dock will connect the laptop
- The USB-C Docking station will have:
- A second monitor
- the LCD projector connection
- Networking cable (blue)
- USB items
LAPTOPS ARE ASSIGNED TO THE TEACHER, NOT THE CLASSROOM(S) WHERE THEY TEACH. LAPTOPS REMAIN IN THE SCHOOL IF A TEACHER LEAVES. Teachers with multiple room assignments need to connect their laptop to the docking station in the room or wireless screen beam device.
It is still a full Windows 10 PC with all the software you need, including the ability to install Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
What YOU need to do to your CURRENT Teacher Desktop Computer
- Be sure you have all the files you need saved to your OneDrive Documents Folder. Pictures and Downloads folders do NOT transfer. Move any files you want to “My Documents”.
- Know what software you need to have on your new device and if it is approved by the district.
- Know what printers/extras you will need re-installed.
- Clean up your desktop. (even though it will transfer).
- Your current desktop computer will be REMOVED from the room and re-provisioned (reformatted).
- Bookmarks should be saved if you are logging in to Chrome.
- Please clear off your physical desktop area so tech staff can work.
- Label any other monitors you wish to keep in addition to the 23″ new one.
- Label the keyboard and mouse you currently use with the word “KEEP” for the new setup if you wish to use them with your docking station.
- Please create work orders for any specialized software (must be on the approved list) that need to have admin installation rights.
- Teachers can self-install programs found in the GSD Workspace app on the desktop shown here:
What if I have a laptop recently purchased with District or school funds like CTE or athletics?
A. It will NOT be replaced by Educational Technology unless the device is not intended to be used for in classroom instruction as a teacher. For example, the laptop is only used for a specific department club or activity purposes, not daily teacher/classroom use.
If the laptop is used in the classroom, a comparable dock will be purchased for connections. Final decisions will be made by administration and the Educational Technology department.
What if I got a laptop from the media center to use with a Screen Beam in my room?
A. Return all laptops checked out through the media center, including Chromebooks. We may need to use these as backup devices for repairs and substitutes.
Can teachers keep their desktop?
A – Yes, but not on their teacher desk. If you absolutely want to have a second computer in the room you can, but there is no connection to the projector and there won’t be a guaranteed available port to the network , especially if there is a network printer. Rooms will not have any additional networking added to the room.
What about subs – will they have one? OR what if I forget mine from home, or break it.
A – The school will have a few extra laptops (not necessarily a ThinkPad but other models) for each of the reasons. These loaners will be checked out from the library on a daily basis as needed.
Will I be able to project WIRELESSLY from it?
A – Yes. BUT, not right away. We have to purchase and set up something else called a Screen Beam. Some rooms already have this ability. These will be purchased with textnology funds for the upcoming school year so installation will take time.
How will we play DVD’s?
A – The district is trying to get away from using built in optical disk drives in computers or stand alone DVD players. These are some options to work around the loss of a computer DVD drive, but all have pros and cons to consider.
- Use internet resources such as as UEN’s e-media.
- Purchase your own external DVD player to use with your dock
- Purchase your own traditional DVD player (this may be easiest with a substitute plan)
- Submit a list of requested DVD titles that correlate to your curriculum area to your LMETS which will be sent to the District Educational Technology department. An effort to source commonly used titles at the district is in the works.
Can I keep one of my monitors in addition to the new one?
A- Yes, but you will now technically have 4 displays to deal with and you need to make sure you understand the setup/configuration. The projector acts as a 3rd display so another monitor adds to the mix. The standard recommendation is to keep things simple and less confusing, especially if you have a sub using the setup.
Can I have a second power cord to take home?
A – Yes. Take the one that comes with the laptop home. Your dock (at school) will provide power. You may want to purchase a back up with legislative money just in case! You are responsible to return all cords if you leave the school or district.
What if I lose or damage my laptop? Or it gets stolen?
A- Staff members will be charged replacement costs for lost or damaged equipment, including cables and power cords. Stolen laptops should be reported immediately to the media center and to Granite Police for investigation. The Educational Technology Department will be responsible for billing the responsible staff member. It is HIGHLY recommended you purchase a sturdy laptop carry case/backpack that will transport your laptop back and forth to school safely using legislative funds.
If the staff member does not wish to take this responsibility, request that your current desktop remain in the classroom as the teacher station.
What if I travel to different classrooms? Do I bring my laptop with me?
A-Yes, you do. The laptop should move as you do in the building if you are using shared rooms.
When will these be installed in my classroom?
A-Hopefully the equipment will arrive in June, but more likely not until July. The old desktop and monitors will be taken from the classrooms this summer by the second week in June to prepare for the new equipment. Teachers will personally receive the laptop at a date and time TBA and the items will be checked out to them individually. Docking stations and monitors will be connected at the teacher desk if the area is clear for installation.
Will the counselors get one?
No, the computer rotation for counselors and administration is done through Information Systems, not the Educational Technology department.
Keeping your Laptop up to date
Since your laptop is going to be in and out of the building, you will need to make sure everything is up to date. Security patches and other software are pushed remotely to the computers while inside of the district network, but you need to be sure you are getting them installed. This requires a restart, possibly two or three times when your device is at school. You can do normal tasks while the updates are installing, just minimize the window.
- Click the Windows Icon. Click All Apps.
- Scroll Down to the I’s and click “Ivanti Management”
- Click “Security Scan”.
- Select open.
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