Starting with the 2022/2023 school year Edgewood is moving to a one-to-one model for all students.
As each student will be provided a laptop the use of personal devices is discouraged and will not be supported in any way. Additionally, the use of personal devices in classrooms will not be allowed. Personal devices ARE NOT allowed to connect to the school wifi at any time.
The school will be checking out a computer and power supply to each student during the first week of school. This laptop will be checked back in at the end of the school year in the same condition it was issued with any damage recorded and charged as necessary.
Edgewood 1:1 Things to Know
- All laptops and chargers will be labeled with your name - do not remove this label
- Do not add any stickers etc to your school laptop
- You will be issued a charger - make sure you keep track of it (it is now labeled with your name). You must return the school-issued charger or you will be charged $40 (note - we can inly accept orginal school-issued chargers; replacements from other sources will not be accepted as they void our warranty).
- Make a charging plan - either bring your charger back-and-forth and/or make sure you have a plan of when you will charge your laptop (for example, in the media center during Power Hour)
Edgewood Laptop Accessories
All students are required to have a headset for use as directed in class or for some tests. Edgewood recommends a USB headset that does not require a driver to be installed. Below are a few that are available from Connection a BPS business partner that students can purchase from at a discount.
- Adesso USB Stereo Headset - https://www.govconnection.com/product/adesso-usb-stereo-headset-bu/xtreamh5u/41167711?cac=Result
- Hamilton Personal USB Headset - https://www.govconnection.com/product/hamilton-personal-usb-headset/m1usb/35176532?cac=Result
- Kensington USB Hi-Fi Headphones w Mic - https://www.govconnection.com/product/kensington-usb-hi-fi-headphones-w-mic/k97601ww/36433537?cac=Result
It is highly recommended that you purchase a high-quality bag or backpack designed to protect a laptop. It is also recommended that students purchase a wireless mouse if they do not like using the laptop track pad.
How to Store Your Laptop Properly When Not in Use
- Put the laptop away in a case. A padded case will absorb any impacts during storage while also preventing dust from accumulating.
- Be mindful of the conditions. Laptop components are sensitive to excessive heat or cold.
- Don't use the laptop as an ordinary surface. While a closed laptop is flat, it shouldn't be used for writing or drawing. The weight of books or household items stacked on top can also damage its screen.
- Leave the laptop off the ground. If the laptop needs to stay out for charging or quick access, elevate the device so it won't be stepped on or tripped over.
How to Properly Carry a Laptop
- A laptop should be transported from room to room in a protective case. Use two hands or the handle of a zippered carrying case to pick up and move a laptop.
- Never carry a laptop by the screen — this is how many finger smudges, cracks and broken hinges appear.
Common Damages to Laptops to Avoid
- Dropping the laptop
- Closing the laptop with a book or writing utensil inside
- Opening the screen roughly or further back than intended
- Peeling away rubber trim and losing keys
- Snapping USB hardware (memory sticks, wireless mice plugs, etc.)
- Jamming cords and connectors into the wrong ports
- Tripping over hanging power cords (which can also sometimes pull the laptop off the table with it)
- Do not place it on top of stacks of paper, blanket, upholstery, or anything else that is an insulator. The bottom of your laptop is a cooling surface. Excessive heat buildup will lead to premature failure. The computer needs proper air flow to operate correctly..
- Keep liquids away from your Laptop. Liquids damage the electronic components quickly and easily.
- Your Laptop's LCD Display is a very expensive component, and physical damage to it is not covered by warranty. If you drop your laptop or slam the lid shut, it may crack. Make sure you donʼt have anything between the screen and keyboard as you close the case.
- If you open the screen beyond its hinge limitation it will break and be very costly to repair. IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO OPEN TO A FLAT POSITION!
- Donʼt place items on top of your laptop as the weight can cause damage to the screen.
- Always keep magnetic devices away from your laptop.
- Keep it clean
- Donʼt use your laptop while you eat. Make sure your hands are clean when using your laptop.
- To clean, shut down your laptop, disconnect the power adapter and network cable, and remove the battery. If possible.
- Use a damp, soft, lint‐free cloth to clean the computerʼs exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer.
- Donʼt use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.