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
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
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.
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.
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.
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