Surface Pro Distribution - August 2020

  • Upper School
Carol Miller, Upper School Division Head

Dear Parents and Students,

One of the primary planks of the Strategic Plan, 2020 Dare to Dream, was to investigate ways for The Bear Creek School to deliver a high-quality Christian liberal arts education which prepares students for the world in which they live, including being innovative in our approaches to instruction and assessment—in other words, to accomplish the vision of a Christian liberal arts education in light of the contemporary world.

Over the last five years, there have been several initiatives aimed at accomplishing this goal, including:

  • modifying our curriculum so that all students are exposed to computer programming at an early age;
  • developing innovation labs in each division; and
  • hiring specialists to help us think well about design thinking, project-based learning, and innovation in general.

And over the course of the past two years in the Middle School and Upper School, we have been preparing to use technology to help us differentiate instruction and assessment for students. Middle School and Upper School faculty have earned Digital Citizenship certification from Common Sense Media® and have completed certification as Microsoft Innovative Educators.

With all this intentional planning and preparation, we launched Phase 3 in the 2019 – 2020 academic year, which included piloting Microsoft Surface Pro devices with teachers and students in grades 11 and 12. In 2020 – 2021, we are expanding this program to include all Upper School students.

Digital Citizenship Training

Prior to picking up their Surface Pro devices, each student must complete the interactive digital citizenship training in best practices for protecting your safety and privacy online. It takes about 20 minutes to watch the video and answer the questions.

Note: Each student must create an Edpuzzle account using his/her real first and last name so we will know who has completed the training.

Complete Student Training

Parents may also watch the training video but please do not create an account in Edpuzzle! We hope this video encourages a family dialogue regarding online privacy and safety.

Distribution

We invite students to pick up their Surface Pro curbside at the Main building on Friday, August 21. To make the distribution as efficient as possible, please sign up for the time you would like to drive through and pick it up. 

Sign Up for Curbside Pickup

There will be two stations set up in the front of the Main building. Please stay in your car. We will look up your name to confirm you have completed the training and hand you a bag with your tablet, detachable keyboard, and pen.

If you are unable to pick up your device on August 21, please contact Linda Graham, Linda.Graham@tbcs.org.

Warranty

Repairs and replacements on these devices will be managed via the device warranty. Each device automatically comes with a 1-year warranty. Stay tuned for more information about how to purchase an extended warranty.

While students may choose to opt out of this program, we believe it will be advantageous for them to use the same devices as their faculty. If you would like to opt out of this program, please contact Director of Information Technology, Veronica Mickelsen, Veronica.Mickelsen@tbcs.org.

We look forward to students picking up their devices and for the many ways they will engage with them during class. Please reach out to Mrs. Graham or me if you have any questions.

In His grip of grace,

Carol Miller
cmiller@tbcs.org