Dell 3120 Laptop for Education
This laptop computer is characterized by both its peformance features and sturdiness. When being used as a laptop, the display can be rotated more than 270 degrees, and it can be used as a tablet that permits stylus pen-based handwriting. Its greatest distinguishing features are its sturdy build , laser processed surface that gives it sturdiness and a grip feel, and co-formed design so that shocks to the display do not damage the body.
If you are not sure what all the ports on your computer are for, check out this diagram.
Frequenty Asked Questions
Q: Where do I get a copy of the user agreement that has to be signed by both the student and the parent before a 1:1 laptop is issued?
A: Here ya go! (only students in Grades 9-11 are eligible)
Q: How do I pick up my laptop?
A: The general school wide distribution period is now over. If you would like to pick up your laptop, please make arrangements with Mr. Perry. You will need a copy of your signed agreement before any laptop will be issued.
Q: I forgot to charge my laptop
A: It is the student's responsibilty to look after their laptop and charger. Every Grey Highlands classroom has been issued a charging station that can be used during class time to charge the laptop. Ideally, laptops should be charged at home each night. A full charge is more than enough to get through at least one school day.
Q: I lost my charger
A: Grey Highlands does not have extra chargers for student use. As is indicated in the user agreement, students are responsible for the laptop and the charger. Replacement chargers can be purchased directly for $80 from Dell or for $35 from Ms. Beren in the Front Office.
Students are encouraged to write their name on their charges with a Sharpie (or similar marker).
Q: Can I load my own programs on the computer?
A: No. The laptops is controlled centrally by the Bluewater Board of Education. It has been pre-loaded with all the software that you need to be productive and succesful in your courses.
Q: Is a Stylus provided?
A: Students are not provided with a stylus. Many of the math and science classrooms have been provided with access to class set of stylus pens. If students would like to purchase their own, the $2 pens from the Dollar Stores do provide some functionality. A better user experience, especially for students interested in writing their notes, working with formulas, and sketching, can be found using an Active Stylus Pen. This economical model has been tested with the 3120 laptop: Amazon link
Q: How should I clean my laptop?
A: Touchscreens can be a finger magnet, so to keep everything working properly you should clean your laptop on a regular basis. DO NOT USE WINDEX or similar products. A clean microfiber cloth lightly sprayed with some vinegar will do a great job and not hurt the laptop.
Q: Can I get some help with my laptop?
A: Certainly. You can make arrangements with Mr. Perry and he will be very happy to help you with any issues that you may be having.