KUA LAPTOP REQUIREMENT
Kimball Union has made a commitment to a BYOsD (bring your own specified device) Laptop Requirement because we believe that access to our digital community is essential in order for our students to have a successful 21st century educational experience. Equity in access to digital resources greatly enhances teaching effectiveness and promotes student-centered learning, inquiry learning, and interactive teaching. Standardization also ensures that valuable classroom time is not spent trying to remediate disparities and hurdles caused by the use of different operating systems, platforms, and software, allowing our faculty and technology department to focus on providing the most innovative and creative programs for our students. Through the KUA Laptop Requirement, students have ubiquitous access to KUA’s technology-rich environment and dynamic learning opportunities as well as a wide array of resources including digital content, educational software and digital authoring tools. Our faculty continue to incorporate the use of technology into the curriculum as an extension of traditional classroom tools to support and encourage critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and digital citizenship.
We feel confident that the KUA Laptop Requirement helps our students to become fluent with the tools they need to be successful in college and in the 21st century global workplace.
Students at Kimball Union Academy are expected to arrive with a fully functional laptop meeting the following minimum specifications:
Apple MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro notebook computer
Mac OS 10.10 or later
4GB RAM or greater
128GB SSD/HDD or greater
The Kimball Union Academy Technology Department is equipped to provide basic support and software installation, as needed, on these devices. Additionally, a small pool of KUA-owned MacBooks is maintained for short-term lending in the event that a student-owned device require service at our local repair depot. The Technology Department helps to facilitate transportation and billing of repairs for student-owned devices, in conjunction with our Business Office and our Apple Authorized service partners.