BCHS Says Bye to Chromebooks and Hello to Macbooks
Junior Angie Yang is pleased as she trashes her chromebook and moves on to use her Macbook. photo by Kelani Allen
By Kelani Allen
In 2015 personal chromebooks were given to students to use on a daily basis for homework, assignments, and other school related things. In 2016 new chromebooks were given to incoming freshmen, but 2018 holds something different. It was assumed that incoming freshmen would just get a newer chromebook like they did this year, but In 2018 there will be no chromebooks. Instead there will be Macbooks. Not only will freshmen get chromebooks but sophomores, juniors, and seniors will also be able to trade in their chromebooks for Macbooks. This might come as a surprise to many because most people know that Macbooks come pricey, but Buhach has partnered with apple to be apart of their ConnectED program, which partners with schools to provide Macs and other products to the students.
Buhach Colony will be getting the latest version of the Macbook pro. This includes the Touch bar, and Touch ID. It will be available in space gray and silver. Students will pick the color that they want prior to the school year beginning. The macbooks will come with the Applecare protection plan, which covers repair costs for 4 years. Upon graduating, students will be responsible for repair costs, as the school will no longer be held liable for damages.
In an interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “ Technology is developing at an alarming rate, in schools students should have access to the newest technology. In this technological society is important for students to be equipped with the right tools to help them succeed.” District supervisor Jamie Dyra is very grateful for this unique opportunity to provide the students with something great that will enrich their education and learning experiences. This hasn’t yet been announced to students until now, but staff has been going through training for the new programing that will be introduced. With new computers new technology comes along, which means students say goodbye to google apps and hello to apple education. Students may have gotten used to google classroom, but apple education is said to be easy to understand. In conjunction with apple education a new program called MUHSD InnovatED will be used similar to google classroom. This is a platform where teachers can create assignments and tests to give to students. Teacher Timothy Ericksen says that it is exciting, he explains that he thinks that this integration of new and improved technology can create a better learning environment for all BCHS students. Click here for the chance to get your Macbook before other students do!