Dover-Eyota BYOD Purchasing Information and Links
6th and 9th Grade Families for the 2018-2019 School Year

We will be continuing the implementation of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan at Dover-Eyota (D-E), with the BYOD being offered to families of students that will be in 6th grade as well as in 9th grade for the 2018-2019 School Year. NOTE - all info below is now updated for 2018-2019, including the Best Buy purchasing website! Info and codes were originally emailed out on July 13, 2018! If you did not receive that email, please contact Bryan at !

General information along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the answers to those questions are on this online Google Slideshow (https://goo.gl/9j3e8g) - (Note that there has been a change to the MnCFS laptop offering. The slideshow doesn't have the updated information for that change. For the MnCFS change, please see the purchase options link below as well as the MnCFS area further below) the slideshow changes the slides every 10 seconds automatically BUT you have controls to let you view the slides at whatever pace you wish. Just hover your mouse to the bottom and left of the slideshow slides to see and use those controls.

Families of students that will be in either 6th grade or 9th grade for the 2018-2019 school year that wish to use the $100 discount voucher will have a choice of 4 different laptops. One from MN Computers for Schools (MnCFS) which is a refurbished option, as well as three new models through a special purchasing website from Best Buy. A list of those finalized laptop options and their basic details can be viewed on this document: 2018-2019 Laptop purchase options using the $100 Voucher

There are 5 options for the Purchasing Decision, and each is outlined below! Follow the instructions provided for the choice you wish to make. Only one of the 5 purchasing options can be chosen.
Flowchart showing the purchasing process - might be helpful to visualize the steps: BYOD Decision Flowchart

Note: For Free or Reduced Lunch Families
To receive the additional discount if you have already qualified for one of these programs, please be sure to make your laptop purchase either through Best Buy or the MnCFS option, then complete this simple online form: https://goo.gl/7hS3qV . Todd Rowekamp will receive the information and coordinate the additional reimbursement..
 
Option 1: For new laptop purchasing using the $100 Voucher on the special Best Buy website
A change was made by Best Buy - the code being sent to you in the email from Bryan on July 13 will be the code Best Buy will need a students' family to use to set up their purchasing account (see the instructions link just below). This process only needs to be done if you will be making a purchase with Best Buy.

For a purchase of one of the three Best Buy laptop options, follow the instructions on this PDF document: Best Buy Laptop Options Purchasing instructions for 2018

The website address to use to get registered using the code Bryan sent in the email on Friday morning, July 13 is here: www.bbfb.com/psf/dover2018.

Once you receive your laptop, be sure to view the information in the "Office365 sign-up and software info..." area below so you'll have the software you'll need loaded on the computer fro your student to use!

If you will not be making a purchase with Best Buy, go to one of the sections below for instructions for the other options.

Option 2: If You wish to purchase the refurbished laptop option from MnCFS (also includes $100 voucher)
After receiving your code from Bryan on July 13th, then you can complete this online form: https://goo.gl/YRCk7X, to purchase the refurbished computer option, and Bryan will coordinate the order for you with MnCFS. A reminder that the purchase through MnCFS cannot be done online, and you will need to bring in a check or cash for the amount owed (the cost of the laptop after the voucher has been applied) to the Dover-Eyota District Office as soon as you can so the order can be sent in. Checks should be made out to "Dover-Eyota Public Schools" with a note in the Memo ara of the check that its for the "CFS BYOD Purchase". Also note that you will need to provide your assigned voucher code on the form.

Once you receive your laptop, be sure to view the information in the "Office365 sign-up and software info..." area below so you'll have the software you'll need loaded on the computer for your student to use!
 
Option 3: If you decide to purchase a computer outside of those offered with a voucher discount.
Many families chose to do this last year, opting for laptops that they felt worked better for their overall needs. Just a reminder that we can't provide the $100 discount vouchers for any computers not offered for the program through Best Buy or MNCFS. For our environment, a purchase does need to be a laptop meeting at least minimum specs for testing (see the slideshow provided via link near the top of this page, slide #26). Chromebooks still do not work for BYOD testing, and have some additional limitations for our needs right now, so those should not be purchased for BYOD. For similar reasons, iPads are not to be used for our BYOD environment at this time. Android Tablets and smartphones are also not to be used for the BYOD at Dover-Eyota. Windows 10 laptops are preferred because we can test different software and tools on Windows laptops, but Macintosh laptops can be used. Just be aware that because we can't test things out on Macintosh laptops, we don't know for sure how well certain software and apps will work on Macs. Macs should have MacOS 10.11 to be compatible with MDE/MCA Testing Requirements.

Also, be sure to view the information in the "Office365 sign-up and software info..." area below so you'll have the software you'll need loaded on the computer fro your student to use!
 
Option 4: If you decide to use a laptop that you already own.
Many families chose to do this last year as well, opting for a laptop that met the required specifications and that they already owned. Just a reminder that we can't provide the $100 discount vouchers for any computers not offered for the program through Best Buy or MNCFS. Again, as mentioned in the Option 3 area, iPads are not to be used for our BYOD environment at this time. Android Tablets and smartphones are also not to be used for the BYOD at Dover-Eyota. Windows 10 laptops are preferred because we can test different software and tools on Windows laptops, but Macintosh laptops can be used. Just be aware that because we can't test things out on Macintosh laptops, we don't know for sure how well certain software and apps will work on Macs. Macs should have MacOS 10.11 to be compatible with MDE/MCA Testing Requirements.

Also, be sure to view the information in the "Office365 sign-up and software info..." area below so you'll have the software you'll need loaded on the computer fro your student to use!

Option 5: If you decide to go with a school-owned laptop
If you wish, the option is also available to use a school-owned laptop. If you decide that this is best for you, your student will use a laptop the same way that we've been doing the 1:1 laptop program since 2011. You will also have the option of signing up for the Protection Plan for $25/year

Be sure to fill out this online form and indicate that you will be using a school-owned laptop for your student and Bryan will be communicating with you about some additional details to get that set up: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision



Office365 sign-up and Software Info and download/installation links and instructions
Students can sign-up for their free Office365 accounts and get the information for additional free software that they can install on their family purchased laptops and then use for their projects at school (and personal projects as well) from this document: BYOD Software Links and installers. Note that all students in 6th grade through 12th grade have been assigned Google Accounts. That Google Account will be needed in order to create the Office365 Accounts.
 
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dover-Eyota's Director of Technology, Bryan Berg, at

Thank you!