Dover-Eyota BYOD Purchasing Information and Links
for 6th and 9th Grade Families for the 2019-2020 School Year  - Emails notifying families of the BYOD options, steps and codes is being sent out in the mid to late afternoon of July 31, 2019. Decisions and purchasing can begin immediately once that information is received.

Email communications will continue through July and into the purchasing period of August, 2019. 


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 (and students new to the Dover-Eyota District and will be 7th, 10th or 11th graders in 2019-2010) 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 steps and 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

If you decide to purchase one of the three Best Buy laptops that have a $100 discount, follow these steps (these steps are ONLY for the Best Buy option - scroll down further for the other Options and their related steps) IMPORTANT - there have been some changes that are not yet reflected below. Please read this information before continuing: New Info about "Better", "Best", S-Mode and a change for the MnCFS refurbished option

  1. Make sure that you have received the discount code from Bryan. If you haven’t received the code, please email him at (note that the code is only sent to one email per student)

  2. Download and/or view these registration/purchasing instructions:  Best Buy Laptop Options Purchasing instructions and links for 2019 (clicking on the link should allow you to view the instructions through your web browser. There are clickable links on the instructions so that you can be taken directly to the Best Buy laptop option you wish to purchase) 

  3. Follow the instructions on the PDF (if you view it through a web browser, you can use the keyboard combo of Ctrl + (Control Key and the plus key) or Ctrl - (Control key and the minus key held down together) to make the view bigger or smaller (Note for Macs it’s  Command + and Command - to do the same thing ). The PDF allows you to view details or make the purchase using the links provided on the second page of the PDF. Note that this year, you do not need to create a Best Buy Account in order to make a purchase and receive the $100 discount. You can check out as a “guest” if you wish to, as long as you have the discount code.

  4. If you have more than one student that will be in either 6th or 9th grade for 2019-2020, you will do two separate purchases using different codes. Each student should have been provided their own code for making a purchase, so if you have two students, you should have received two separate emails, each with a different code.

  5. Once you have made your purchase, be sure to view the software information so you can install the software once your laptop(s) arrive:  BYOD Software Links and installers

  6. If you haven't already done so, inform Bryan of the decision that you made using this link: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision

  7. If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, make sure to fill out this form so the school can process the additional discount that your family qualifies for: https://goo.gl/7hS3qV


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)

If you decide to purchase the refurbished laptop that has a $100 discount, follow these steps (these steps are ONLY for the MnCFS option - please scroll up to see Option 1 steps, and scroll down to see the steps and information for Options 3-5)

Note that with this option, you won't be making any online payment. You will be paying the school for the amount you owe for the laptop after the $100 discount is subtracted from the cost of your chosen laptop. IMPORTANT - there have been some changes that are not yet reflected below. Please read this information before continuing: New Info about "Better", "Best", S-Mode and a change for the MnCFS refurbished option

  1. Make sure that you have received the discount code from Bryan. If you haven’t received the code, please email him at .

  2. Go to this online form and fill it out. You will be asked for your unique registration code, but you won't have to sign up for anything: https://docs.google.com/a/deschools.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5Qa9LIOEKBxOV5mcDM5jmkUi3YJLWr1iQ3nap3FMthLHdyA/closedform

  3. Once you complete the form and submit it, Bryan will receive a notification of your request and will be in contact with you to finalize the purchase and get the laptop ordered.

  4. Once you have made your purchase, be sure to view the software information so you can install the software once your laptop(s) arrive:  BYOD Software Links and installers bbb

  5. If you haven't already done so, inform Bryan of the decision that you made using this link: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision

  6. If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, make sure to fill out this form so the school can process the additional discount that your family qualifies for: https://goo.gl/7hS3qV

  7. When your laptop arrives at the school, Bryan will send you an email to the email address you provided on the Request Form in Step 2 above. 

  8. Your laptop will be available for you to pick up from the Distrct Office during Office Hours. Please bring a check made out to Dover-Eyota Schools, cash or a money order. You can make your payment in the District Office.

  9. Once payment is made, sign out on the sheet that will be provided for that in the District Office and take your laptop home!

Option 3: If you decide to purchase a computer outside of those offered with a voucher discount.

These steps are ONLY for this Option - please scroll up to see Option 1 or OPtion 2 steps, and scroll down to see the steps and information for Options 4 & 5. Just as a reminder, the $100 discount can't be used on any laptop purchase that's not a part of the Best Buy or MnCFS options, but it is an option many families chose to do last year.

Please make sure your purchase meets the minimum specs, and is a Windows or Macintosh laptop running the latest operating system (Windows 10, or Mac OS 10.14 (Sierra) or later). Minimum specs are on slide 26 of this online slideshow: Informational Slideshow for the BYOD. 

Make the purchase sometime in advance of the school year so that you'll have time to receive the laptop and have it ready for the start of the school year.

  1. Be sure to view the software information so you can install the software once your laptop(s) arrive:  BYOD Software Links and installers   

  2. If you haven't already done so, inform Bryan of the decision that you made using this link: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision

Option 4: If you decide to use a laptop that you already own.

These steps are ONLY for this Option - please scroll up to see steps for Options 1, 2 or 3, and scroll down to see the steps and information for Option 5. Many families went with this option last year as well. Just like in Option 3, be sure that your laptop (Windows or Macintosh) meets minimum specs (see slide 26 of this online slideshow: Informational Slideshow for the BYOD). It must also be either a Windows 10, or Macintosh (MacOS 10.14 - “Sierra”) laptop.

Be sure to have the laptop ready to go for the start of the school year.

  1. Be sure to view the software information so you can install the software:  BYOD Software Links and installers   

  2. If you haven't already done so, inform Bryan of the decision that you made using this link: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision


Option 5: If you decide to go with a school-owned laptop

If you decide to go with this Option, once you inform Bryan of this decision, a laptop will be set-up by the school for your student to use for the school year. Note that even with this option, the students and their families are responsible for damages/repairs.

  1. Please look through and become familiar with the 1:1 laptop handbook:One to One Laptop Handbook

  2. Inform Bryan of your decision using this link: Inform Bryan of your BYOD Decision

  3. Bryan will be in contact with you in 24-48 hours about some paperwork that will need to be filled out, along with information about the $25/year Protection plan program.

  4. The laptop will be ready for pickup about one week before the start of the school year.

  5. The laptop will need to be turned back to the school on the last day of classes for the 2018-2019 school year. (This is the case for all school-owned laptops. Students attending summer school that have a school-owned laptop will still need to turn their laptops to the school on the last day of classes for the 2019-2020 School Year)


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!