In a move designed to promote academic excellence, safety and equity, Ransom Everglades supplied personal laptops to students for the 2020-21 school year. The Lenovo “Yoga” laptops were pre-loaded with essential classroom software and distributed along with other school supplies by faculty and staff August 22-23.
The one-to-one laptop program ensures that every student has access to the highest caliber equipment and avoids the unhygienic practice of sharing computers on campus. It also promotes consistency in the classroom, and fairness.
New Chief Technology Officer Linda Lawrence arranged for the acquisition and outfitting of the machines, and Head of the Upper School Patricia C.A. Sasser and Head of the Middle School Rachel Rodriguez organized the distribution on both campuses the weekend before classes began remotely. The laptops feature distinctive RE stickers and armored shock-absorbing protective sleeves.
Many faculty and staff helped distribute 1,132 new machines, each a Lenovo L13 2-in-1 Yoga laptop/tablet outfitted with a touchscreen and stylus, front and world-view camera, a Core i7 processor and 16 GB of memory. RE’s technology staff prepared the laptops with an array of software products: Microsoft Office, the Google for Education suite and Adobe Creative Cloud products.
“We expect these peak-performing and durable devices to become the new academic tool within our students’ backpacks for learning in any situation,” Lawrence said. “They will maximize our students’ ability to find and create information, and connect and collaborate with their classmates and teachers.”
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.