Academics
Upper School

Bring Your Own Device Technology Program

 
All students in grades 9-12 should come to school equipped with a laptop device compatible with the specifications listed below.  Trinity School uses Google Apps for Education, which means that many different types of devices will work and all files are accessible wherever there is an Internet connection. Students who anticipate participating in photography, yearbook, or digital art classes will need to consider obtaining a laptop that is capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud programs (see specifics below). Any student whose circumstances prohibit his or her purchase of a laptop will have access to a school-owned device.
  
The table below describes the characteristics and specifications of what constitute a compatible device. There is no one single “perfect machine,” but there are parameters that will be important to ensure that your child’s device will work with the school's network and the technological applications that we use.  The table indicates the minimum specifications, and there are many devices whose specs fall within the range of available options.  

Prices start at around $250, but could go to $2,000 if those high-end devices are desired. There are examples given below of compatible devices but they are provided only to give an idea as to the range of capabilities and prices. For the purpose of comparison, all the examples were found on Amazon, but there is no requirement to purchase from any particular supplier and it is recommended that you shop around.
 
The minimum specifications outlined below should allow your child to have a device that will be practical and functional for at least four years.


General
The “device” in BYOD is a laptop computer; this is defined as a folding computer with a physical keyboard attachment with separate keys for A-Z and 0-9 which physically move when pressed.  The screen should be between 10” and 15.6” It should support peripherals including speaker/headphone, HDMI and USB3 ports, with SD card port recommended. Battery life should be at least 6 hours. Note: Apple iPads do not match these criteria
Operating System
Three operating systems are accepted: Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher; Apple Mac OS 10.6 or higher; Chrome OS. Note:  Apple iOS and Android tablets do not fit these criteria.
Note: Art classes will require a MAC iOS 10.11 Sierra or High Sierra or Microsoft Windows 10 (1607 or higher) or above
Wireless Capability
5GHz Dual Band Wireless, 802.11b/g/n, and a/c
Processor
Dual Core (minimum)
RAM
4GB minimum
Note: Art classes will require 8-16GB RAM for Adobe
Software
Word processing, spreadsheet, and slideshow capability are available through Google Apps For Education/Google Drive. Microsoft Office 365 is offered for free to every student during their enrollment at Trinity School of Midland.
Examples
ASUS Chromebook C201PA-DS01 http://goo.gl/oHTOHN
HP Chromebook http://goo.gl/c6yIF3
Microsoft Surface 3 http://goo.gl/rzlbru
HP 15-f215dx Laptop PC http://goo.gl/rgkZPh
Apple MacBook Air http://goo.gl/XZAi5q

For advanced photo, digital art, or yearbook:
HP Laptop - 15t (touch optional) http://goo.gl/jU4hM2
The Apple MacBook Air listed above will work.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Jones, Head of Upper School.