X:1 Program

Pingree has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program for students that we call X:1. Students can make a personal choice about what type of device to bring to school as long as it meets our minimum requirements. Pingree utilizes cloud applications such as Schoology, Gmail, and Google Drive. Cloud applications are generally operating system neutral and are available on most types of devices.

Please click here for a list of FAQs about the X:1 Program

Who is paying for the devices?

The devices will be purchased and owned by families.

A limited fund is reserved for Pingree students who may need financial support to assist with required additional expenses related to their educational experience. These might include, but are not limited to, textbooks, digital device and device insurance, field trips, and transportation. Students who currently receive financial aid for tuition will receive first priority. Students not receiving financial aid may also apply for financial assistance with these expenses. Please contact Mary Dyer in the Admission Department at (978) 468-4415 x362 or mdyer@pingree.org to get more information.

A. Requirements

Pingree’s X:1 program, requires that every student bring a device to school each day for use as an organizational tool, a research portal, and a collaboration platform. This device must meet these basic requirements:

The device must have a physical keyboard

This requirement is critical for extended writing assignments (e.g. research papers, longer communications, etc.) On-screen keyboards (e.g. iPads, Android tablets) don’t facilitate rapid or extended writing. A keyboard with physical keys is a primary requirement. Bluetooth keyboards are available for tablets and we recommend a case includes a built in keyboard.

The device must have wireless capability

The device must be wifi enabled. Mobile data (i.e. 3G or 4G devices and plans from telecommunications providers like Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint) is not required, although students who spend long hours working away from campus or from home may find them useful.

The device must have a long lasting battery.

Students will be able to sit near power outlets during some but not all of their classes. We recommend a device that advertises at least four hours of time on battery power when brand new.

The device must have an up-to-date web browser installed.

Moving many applications and services to the cloud enables the school to support multiple platforms for student devices, and also enables students to collaborate in real time, as well as access their information from any device. By storing documents in Google Drive or other cloud services, students can quickly access those materials even if their device is broken or missing, simply by borrowing a loaner computer. A modern web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera) is a must-have, and is the foundation of all applications for student and classroom use. Google Chrome is the school’s preferred browser.

The device must have an up-to-date operating system.

    • Windows 7 or later on a PC
    • OSX 10.10 or later on a Mac
    • Chrome OS 56 or above
    • iOS 9 or later on an iPad
    • Android Marshmallow or later.

The device should power on and wake from sleep quickly.

When the machine is fully powered off, it should boot up and be ready for full use in a short time. Class time is valuable so being ready to start working quickly is important.

B. Recommended Accessories

  • An extended warranty is recommended.
  • We recommend theft and hazard insurance since warranties do not cover abuse, theft, or accidental damage. Worth Ave. Group and SquareTrade are examples or device insurance companies. Insurance is also available from stores such as Apple, Dell, Best Buy and Staples if devices are purchased from them. *Please note that no insurance covers a lost device!
  • An external drive or access to a cloud storage service like Google Drive, DropBox, iCloud etc. for backing up files is recommended. Learning to perform regular backups and how to restore from a backup are very important skills.
  • A protective case/sleeve is recommended. It is also a good idea to use a backpack that has an internal, padded sleeve for protecting the device.
  • A headset or earbuds (for private listening and recording) with microphone are suggested.

C. Pros and Cons

Below are the list of pros and cons of each device type. We do not advocate one operating system over another. All have their relative strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, we recommend choosing the device that best supports the learning style of your child and the program of studies they are taking here at Pingree. Devices under three years old should be fine, older devices may not be suitable.

PC Laptop

Pros:

  • Ease of content creation including sophisticated tools for writing, creating multimedia, etc.
  • Wide selection of vendors and price points
  • Longer lifespan (3-4 years with good care)
  • Works well with most software programs, flash sites, Java sites, etc.
  • Larger keyboard and screen
  • Ease of connecting peripherals (external drive, flash drive, usb device)

Cons:

  • Mid-High cost
  • Models vary in quality
  • Susceptible to viruses and malware
  • Not as effective for extended reading although Kindle App and PDF readers are available.
  • Tends to require more maintenance and support than tablet or Chromebook

**recommend cloud based backup or external hard drive for backup

Windows Tablet

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent for reading ebooks and annotating notes
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast start up
  • Kindle and Nook apps for reading
  • Some tablets have SD Card slot for expanded memory
  • Variety of vendors, specifications and costs

Cons:

  • Susceptible to viruses and malware
  • Shorter lifespan. Will need to be replaced after 2-3 years.
  • Smaller screen and keyboard
  • Keyboard and other accessories add to total cost and bulk
  • Surface RT does not meet our minimum requirements

Macbook

Pros:

  • Very high quality
  • Good battery life
  • Not as susceptible to viruses, malware
  • Ease of content creation including sophisticated tools for writing, creating multimedia, etc.
  • Longer lifespan (3-4 years with good care)
  • Works well with most software programs, flash sites, Java sites, etc.
  • Larger keyboard and screen
  • Ease of connecting peripherals (external drive, flash drive, usb device)
  • iLife Suite included with all Macs
  • Excellent integration with iPhones and iPads

Cons:

  • Single vendor, single price point
  • Susceptible to viruses and malware
  • Not as effective for extended reading but iBooks, Kindle App and Preview are available
  • Tends to require more maintenance and support than tablet or Chromebook
  • Most expensive device on our recommended list

**recommend cloud based backup or external hard drive for backup

iPad

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent for reading ebooks and annotating notes
  • Robust App Marketplace
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast start up
  • iBooks, Kindle and Nook for reading

Cons:

  • Some compatiblity issues - Will not run flash, Java and Windows/Mac applications
  • Potentially harder to do school work than a laptop
  • Short lifespan. Will need to be replaced after 2-3 years.
  • Not as effective for content creation such as movies and photo editing
  • Smaller screen and keyboard
  • Keyboard and other accessories add to total cost and bulk
  • Will not run flash, Java and Windows/Mac applications
  • May not fully support students considering taking Engineering, Computer Programming and Graphic Design

**Recommend using iCloud Backup

Chromebook

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent battery life
  • Integrated keyboard
  • Variety of vendors, specifications and costs
  • Fast start up
  • Inexpensive starting prices
  • Robust Chrome Web store
  • Automatic and Integrated software updates and virus protection
  • High reliability
  • Durable - no moving parts
  • Integrates well with Google Apps for Education
  • No need to backup

Cons:

  • Heaviliy dependent on a web connection -- all work is done in the cloud and content needs to be saved to the cloud
  • Requires Internet connection for most applications to run (word processing, spreadsheets and presentation and Gmail work without an Internet connection)
  • Not as effective for extended reading although Kindle App and PDF readers are available
  • Will not run some Java applications
  • May not fully support students considering taking Engineering, Computer Programming and Graphic Design

Android Tablet

i.e. Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Note

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable
  • Excellent for reading ebooks and annotating notes
  • Robust App Marketplace
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast start up
  • Google Play books (Google), Kindle and Nook for reading
  • Some tablets have SD Card slot for expanded memory
  • Variety of vendors, specifications and costs

Cons:

  • Short lifespan. Will need to be replaced after 2-3 years.
  • Not as effective for content creation such as movies and photo editing
  • Smaller screen and keyboard
  • Keyboard and other accessories add to total cost and bulk
  • Will not run flash, Java and Windows/Mac applications
  • May not fully support students considering taking Engineering, Computer Programming and Graphic Design

**Recommend backing up to Google Account