Hulstrom is a BYOD - Bring Your Own Device school!
It is highly recommended that all students come to school with a personal device for learning! Students K-2 are encouraged to bring an iPad and students 3-8 should bring a Chromebook. Students will use devices daily a learning tool to support their learning in the classroom.
Device Purchasing Information
- Kindergarten-2nd grade - iPad (3rd generation or newer)
- 3rd-8th grade - Chromebook - (recommend brand Samsung)
Headphones and cases are recommended for all devices. It is our goal that every student participates in the 1:1 BYOD program with their recommended device. We are best able to support these devices with both IT and educational needs.
* If this is a financial hardship, please contact Hulstrom administrators.
Our only recommendation for iPads is that it is NOT the iPad 1. (The first generation iPad does not have a camera). It is our hope the families are able to utilize old or hand me down iPads. When possible we recommend an iPad 2nd generation or newer over an iPad mini. 16GB of memory is sufficient however the amount of memory is completely up to you.
Hulstrom's Chromebook recommendation is a Samsung Chromebook with a minimum of 2GB Memory - 16GBFlash.
Samsung Chromebooks can be found online at Gov Connections (special pricing for Adams 12 students and employees, arranged through the district), Best Buy, Amazon or Walmart, for around $200.
In our 5 years of BYOD and supporting multiple Chromebook brands and laptops, we have found that the Samsung Chromebook is superior due to its durable construction against wear and tear, the battery life and Chrome browser interface. Samsung has proven to be more compatible with the district wifi network and online resources. We have also found that students who had other brands of chromebooks or laptops ended preferring a Samsung Chromebook for its ease of use, size, weight, speed and battery life. In maintaining the 1:1 devices, we are better able to problem solve and troubleshoot the Samsung Chromebook.
Headphones and cases
All students will also need to have a pair of headphones and should provide adequate protective cases.
Chromebook cases vary depending on brand and model. With proper care Chromebook cases are not a necessity.
Security is important information for parents to be informed about. All devices will connect to the Adams 12 district guest Wi-Fi (ad12guest). All devices connected to the district’s network are secured and filtered for content in order to keep students safe.
Home Internet Use Security Resources:
4 Ways to Set Up Parental Controls On Your Home Network
Everything You Need to Know About Parental Controls
Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation
10 Lessons for Parents Raising Children in a Digital World