I've had a number of requests lately from neighboring schools to share how we do laptop check-in at O'Neill, so I thought I would create a blog post outlining our procedures. Current OHS students and family can view this as well and therefore get ready for the inevitable laptop check-in that is right around the corner!
********** 24/7 Learning Laptop Check-in *****************
Approximately a week before that, I go into all the English classes and pass out laptop check-in forms as well as go through procedures for backup and cleanup of the student machines. Last year I created this video for the students, posted it on Angel, and encouraged them to watch it to be reminded of these necessary procedures.
The Laptop Check-in Form asks students to document any damages or repairs that have occurred during the school year (just to double-check our paperwork and keep the computer history as accurate as possible). They also note any things not currently working so that they can be fixed over the summer. We ask our students to clean up their MacBook with the cleaning kits that I leave in the English rooms during their free time. When they actually bring down their computer to check it in, we ask them to take the MacBook out of their case, put the check-in form inside the lid, power the computer down, unattach the bag's shoulder strap and put in inside the front pocket, and zip up the bag. We do a first-pass check and make sure they are checking in the correct laptop number, bag number, and powercord number, and then put all the bags back in the closet, and laptops into piles.
Any laptop that needs repair over the summer goes into one pile, and the rest are put back onto the shelves until our Tech Coordinator begins the summer re-imaging process.
The most difficult part of the entire process, by far, is seeing the sadness of the students as they hand in their lifeline for the next 3 months!