Legacy Christian Academy will launch the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program for the 2016-17 school year. Legacy is committed to creating a 21st century learning environment for all students. Laptops have been used to support and equip students with the tools and skills necessary for cooperative learning experiences, active problem solving, and enhanced communication with peers and teachers. Through the use of laptops, students are able to create products of real-world value. Students participate in forums, interact with online curriculum resources, and create original presentations and products to demonstrate their understanding. All of these opportunities are preparing students for academic success both now and in the future.
With all of that in mind, it has been determined that providing (school-owned) computers for our students is not in the best interest of either the school or the families that send their children here. The laptops are becoming more and more personalized as students take ownership of the device in furthering their education. Additionally, parents are increasingly looking for more control over the various aspects of the learning tool as well as asking about the viability of using alternate platforms (Windows or Linux-based). Furthermore, LCA spends considerable resources maintaining the program, both through our time and our finances (much more so than the technology fee covers). We feel that we can be greater stewards of these resources by focusing our time and energy on the educational opportunities available to us through the use of technology, rather than simply maintaining the technology itself.
It is with these thoughts in mind that, starting fall of 2016, all students in grades 7-12 will be required to bring their own laptop. We understand that there may be many questions about the program and we want to be able to answer them in a timely and efficient manner. Many of your questions may be answered through our Frequently Asked Questions and/or Minimum Requirements page. If you still have questions, please contact Michael Wiens in the Technology Department.