SPSG’s NEW Laptop Program
We are pleased to partner with DSR
Computers to offer our families an easy and convenient option for
purchasing computers for our one-to-one laptop program. Families may, of course, use laptops they
currently own that meet our requirements instead of purchasing a new computer
or purchase a computer through another retailer.
All of the laptops models listed on this webpage meet the
requirements of SPSG’s 1:1 laptop program, and all laptops ordered through DSR
can be serviced locally by DSR. Free pickup and delivery at SPSG on
Mondays and Thursdays is included in the price. Please allow up to 7
calendar days for repairs. DSR will inform the customer of repairs taking
We recommend the purchase of an extended warranty for 3 or 4
years (if available). DSR also recommends purchasing a warranty that
includes damage caused by the student (i.e. a broken screen) as well as
DSR is able to service your device even if you purchased it
from another vendor. It may be serviced under the warranty if DSR is an
authorized servicer of your unit and the warranty period has not expired.
If you are unsure if DSR is an authorized servicer, you may call them in advance
Computers that do not meet these specifications may be still
serviced by DSR, but not under the warranty program. DSR will provide
families selecting this option with an estimated charge before making
If you would like to purchase a computer through DSR, please
complete the appropriate fields and click “submit” at the bottom of the
page. Your order will be sent via email to the DSR Sales Department, and
you will receive confirmation and order total within 24 business hours. You may
also print and fax this form to DSR at 410-579-8412, ATTN: Sales
If you prefer to mail a check, please indicate so in the
comments. DSR will contact you with the final total of your order.
Please see attached PDFs for information regarding SPSG’s 1:1 laptop program
and hardware and software requirements.
Please place orders by August 15 in order to pick up
computers on Wednesday, August 22, Thursday, August 23, or Friday, August 24 at
the same time as you pick up your books.
Reasoning Behind 1:1 Laptop Program
SPSG has a long history of leadership in technology. In
1967, Mary Frances Wagley initiated a partnership with Goucher College allowing
SPSG girls to study FORTRAN at Goucher College through a grant from the
National Science Foundation. This program made SPSG the first Baltimore-area
school to incorporate technology and programming into its curriculum. In
1978, SPSG purchased its own computer for the special rate of $11,500.
According to the SPSG history Through All Our Days, the new computer fit
easily into the school, being only the “size of a family desk.” The student
body voted to name their new computer Paula.
The 1:1 laptop program initiative, supported by the Board of
Trustees, is based upon research, school visits, and a self-study completed in
the 2010-2011 school year by a group of faculty, administrators, and staff
members representing all departments and divisions of SPSG.
We believe, and research demonstrates, that moving to a 1:1
laptop program supports the way girls learn best. For example, faculty
researching individual computing programs in schools emphasized that girls
learn best when the course material is relevant and supports the betterment of
society (Dain, 1991; J.F. Margolis, Fisher & Miller, n.d.-a; Tillberg,
2005). Our 1:1 laptop program will allow girls to explore the relevance of
their subject matter and to publish and share their work with peers online.
We are committed to preparing girls to be ethical,
innovative, and organized leaders in college and in today’s complex and rapidly
changing workforce. In order to succeed in this environment, girls must possess
not only strong content-area knowledge and critical thinking skills, but also
the ability to work well and communicate with others, the skills to analyze and
create media, and “the ability to apply technology effectively” (Partnership
for 21st Century Skills). A 1:1 laptop program will allow girls to
engage in projects that build these skills on a daily basis.
In addition to providing girls daily access to technology
necessary for success in the twenty-first century, a 1:1 laptop program ensures
equitable access of all girls to technology. All girls would come to school and
go home with a laptop and be equipped to learn similar critical thinking
skills. Confident that all students had similarly high-functioning technology,
faculty would be prepared to teach and incorporate technology to enhance
Specifically, a 1:1 laptop program will allow girls to
- complete long-term, technology-based projects, such as
research and video editing, in class and at home;
- access and explore web-based resources on a daily basis in
- organize class materials and share notes and resources with
their teachers and classmates;
- collaborate on web-based projects with their SPSG and SP
classmates and with peers from the Online School for Girls or SPSG sister
- and to use technology to create and publish their own bodies
roll-out of the program began in 2012-13, and will be complete in 2014-15.
- 2013-2014: Current Grades IX-XI
- 2014-2015 and going forward: All girls in grades VIII-XII will be expected to own a laptop for school use.
This careful approach will allow SPSG’s Academic Technology
Coordinator to deliver targeted professional development to teachers of girls
involved in the pilot program. Also, in preparation for the roll-out of this
new program, SPSG is increasing its Internet bandwidth and improving other
aspects of infrastructure that are essential to the success of this program.
Although some schools with 1:1 laptop programs require
families to purchase expensive or specific brands of laptops, SPSG has designed
a policy, consistent with that of St. Paul’s School, which allows for choice.
The estimated range of cost for a laptop meeting the basic requirements of
SPSG’s 1:1 program is approximately $400 and above.
The school is creating options for families to ensure that
all students have access to laptops, which may include offering refurbished
laptops. Families unable to purchase a new laptop should contact Tom Travers
, Financial Aid Coordinator, for more information.