Thank you for reviewing this list of
recommendations. Please note that it is not necessary that students have their
own device on campus. Putnam County Schools and Buffalo High School give
students access to their own laptop and a variety of computers around the
building. We are equipped with up-to-date hardware, software, and network
connections. However, even with the many resources available in campus
facilities, most students participating in the BYOD program will benefit
greatly by owning their own computer. We recommend all students own a personal
computer with Internet access. Owning a computer helps students blend
technology into the everyday living environment and thereby enhances both the
scholarly and social aspects of student and community life. Echo
integrates many of the on-line content and services for both, personal email,
school group discussions & activity announcements. Having immediate
access to computer that a student can use at home and school learning
(Brands include but not limited to: Acer, Asus,
Dell, HP, Lenovo, Toshiba, Etc. )
Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)
Intel Core i5 or i7 Third
8GB DDR3 RAM or Higher (4GB
500GB or larger Hard Disk
Drive (7200RPM for increased speed)
INTEL GMA HD 4000 integrated
A discrete graphics card is a
HIGHLY recommended for editing audio, video, and making quality
presentations. Look for “Powered by AMD” or NVIDIA – “GeForce”
Minimum 2 USB 3.0
10/100/1000 Ethernet Port
802.11n dual band Wi-Fi
8x or higher DVD+/- Optical Drive
3yr + extended warranty for
duration of High School recommended.
Apple Computers (Mac)
While Windows-based PC’s are
the more prevalent type of computer at BHS, many students use a Mac with
BYOD. If you are bringing a Mac for your studies, it must, at a minimum, be
capable of running Mac OS 10.7 or higher.
Core i5 or i7 processor
DDR3 RAM or Higher (4GB minimum)
or larger Hard Disk Drive (7200RPM)
GMA HD 4000 integrated graphics minimum*INTEL IRIS PRO graphics OR discrete
NVidia graphics HIGHLY recommended for editing audio, video, and making
2 USB Ports
dual band Wi-Fi
or higher DVD+/- Optical Drive
Protection Plan recommended
*ALL Devices must have Anti-Virus installed!
PC or MAC
**Remember ALL students in West
Virginia receive three Office 365 licenses! Don’t pay for office.
Droid, Apple IPad, Kindle and
Windows RT Tablets
The Tablet category is rapidly
changing category of computing. In general these devices are great for general
research and internet use. There are many great apps that can support your
child’s education. In many cases tablets can easily mimic books and make text
more easily readable. Tablets also benefit from their relatively low cost.
Regrettably many of these devices still do not have many of the capabilities of
a laptop/desktop PC. In some cases accessories can be bought extra to meet the
short coming of tablets such as a keyboard or stylus. Therefore it is our
recommendation that this devices be used as an ancillary device to a school or
personal computer. Please note the following:
-Microsoft Office 365/Office
2013 can be installed on these devices using a provided mobile license.
to the nature of our network, school printers cannot be installed on these
devices in most cases.
*Non RT versions of Windows 8/8.1 will work with school printers these devices
- will generally cost more than RT devices
-These devices are dependent on
the internet, but many apps can be used without internet access.
**Cellular smartphones (IPhone/Windows
phone/Droid) may fall into tablet category as they may operate the same.
Chrome Books are in most cases
are far more inexpensive than any other laptop computer. They are generally as
secure as any other PC and they have many apps that support educational
process. Unfortunately it is not recommended to buy a chrome-book for your
students BYOD needs based off the following reasons.
-Due to the nature of Chrome OS
school printers cannot be installed on the device. In order for a printer to
work one must already own a “Chrome ready printer” or install a printer through
another personal computer. Due to this issue your child will be unable to print
-Microsoft Office 365 cannot be
installed on these devices. This is a suit of programs that the State of West
Virginia has licensed 3 copies to every child in the state. At a $300 value don’t
-These computers are dependent
on the internet. If you live in an area with access only to dial-up services or
none at all these devices may be rendered virtually useless at home.
-The computing power of these
systems is less than what the school currently provides. Because of this fact
many functions involving multimedia content creation must be done over the web,
in some cases charges may be incurred for processing the data.
Bottom Line: Chrome Book, Droid and
IPad Tablets make good secondary devices to be used in conjunction with PC or