Dover-Eyota BYOD Purchasing Information and Links
for 6th and 9th Grade Families for the 2019-2020 School Year (Info still being finalized for the 2019-2020 summer and school year) Note that August 1st will be the likely start date for making the choices for the BYOD this summer.

Email communications will continue through July and into the purchasing period beginning Aug 1st. Additional Family Information Meetings will be (for now) July 18 (a Thursday), 22 (a Tuesday) and 25 (a Thursday). All meetings will start at 6pm at the D-E HSMS Auditorium. The information below is now finalized for the 2019-2020 school year. The links to the various purchase option websites and forms will be made availble in late July/August 1st.


Important! Be sure to make sure your contact info is updated in your JMC Parent Portal! The first email listed will be the one that gets used for communications that are sent out this summer! Instructions (if you need them) are at this link!

General information along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the answers to those questions are on this online Google Slideshow (https://goo.gl/9j3e8g) - 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 2019-2020 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 laptop options and their basic details can be viewed on this document: 2019-2020 Laptop purchase options using the $100 Voucher

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

Note: For Free or Reduced Lunch Families
First - be sure that you have applied for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. The application is available on D-E's Food and Nutrition web page at this link: Free or Reduced lunch application. The new applications are generally available shortly after July 1 of each year.

Then to receive the additional discount once you have 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
Instructions from Best Buy for making a purchase are not yet available from Best Buy, but will be made available in late July 2019. An email will be sent out once that information is provide by Best Buy, and will be included here as well. What you can expect is that a code will be sent to the main contact for each student, and that code can then be used by the families on the special Best Buy website that will be provided by Aug 1 to register and make the purchase from the three laptop models that Best Buy is making available this summer.

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 later in July, there will be a form link available here to let Bryan know to order in the CFS laptop on your behalf. The laptop will be delivered to the school's District Office where you'll be able to pick up your laptop and drop off your payment.

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.
There will be a link available here shortly so you can inform Bryan if this is the option you are choosing.

Note that 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 aware that the Windows 10 S operating system is not a version that can be used right now. That version is a "tablet only" version of Windows and doesn't allow for the software we recommend to be used on those devices.


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.
There will be a link available here shortly so you can inform Bryan if this is the option you are choosing.

Many families chose to do this each of the last two years 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, Chromebooks Android Tablets (or other tablet devices) or smartphones are not to be used for our BYOD environment at this time. 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 aware that the Windows 10 S operating system is not a version that can be used right now. That version is a "tablet only" version of Windows and doesn't allow for the software we recommend to be used on those devices.

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

There will be a link available here shortly so you can inform Bryan if this is the option you are choosing.



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!