The purpose of the Upper School 1:1 Laptop Program is to harness the power of technology to enhance the already great teaching and rich learning that happens in the classrooms of EAB every day. Though technology is integrated throughout the Upper School, at EAB we never forget that the art of teaching is the most human of endeavors and therefore use technology only when it is the best tool for the learning we seek.
It is undeniable that the Technological Revolution of the past two decades has had a profound impact on virtually every aspect of our lives. We work, access and process information, communicate and spend leisure time in ways unimaginable 30 years ago. In a world of constant change and ubiquitous knowledge, it is imperative that schools provide an education relevant to this century that develops the skills and habits necessary to thrive as healthy, happy members of an interconnected world. Outside school walls, students use portable devices to freely access a digital world that allows them to create, share, collaborate and learn at a moment's notice and on a global scale. This reality must not end at the gates of a school and the same power used to guide daily life needs to be used to enhance the process of teaching and learning inside the classroom. With this in mind, in November of 2013 the leadership of the Upper School at EAB, with support from the Leadership Team, made the decision to set January 19, 2015 as the day that the campus would become a full 1:1 laptop environment. As of August 2016, grades 4 and 5 also became a 1:1 classroom with school owned Chromebooks that remain at school. As of October 2017, the grade 3 class became a 2:1 school owned iPad environment which means thee is one iPad for every two students.
BYOD is a form of collaboration between home and school where parents ensure that each student has a laptop that meets his or her individual needs and meets the basic requirements of the Upper School at EAB's 1:1 Program. EAB, in turn, will supply high-speed wireless Internet access, technical support for a suite of software and teachers skilled at teaching in the digital age. This model will support improved teaching and learning and will provide students with the skills and habits necessary to become highly effective members of an interconnected world.