Dover-Eyota BYOD Purchasing Information and Links
6th and 9th Grade Families for the 2018-2019 School Year
We will be continuing the implementation of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan at Dover-Eyota (D-E), with the BYOD being offered to families of students that will be in 6th grade as well as in 9th grade for the 2018-2019 School Year.
NOTE - all info below is updated for 2018-2019. However, the Best Buy purchasing website and start-date for purchasing is not yet finalized. July 1st is the anticipated date for purchasing options to be available.
General information along with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the answers to those questions are on this online Google Slideshow (https://goo.gl/9j3e8g) - the slideshow changes the slides every 10 seconds automatically BUT you have controls to let you view the slides at whatever pace you wish. Just hover your mouse to the bottom and left of the slideshow slides to see and use those controls.
Families of students that will be in either 6th grade or 9th grade for the 2018-2019 school year that wish to use the $100 discount voucher will have a choice of 5 different laptops. Two from MN Computers for Schools (MnCFS) which are both refurbished options, as well as three new models through a special purchasing website from Best Buy. A list of those finalized laptop options and their basic details can be viewed on this document: 2018-2019 Laptop purchase options using the $100 Voucher
Flowchart showing the purchasing process - might be helpful to visualize the steps: BYOD Decision Flowchart
For new laptop purchasing using the $100 Voucher on the special Best Buy website
Best Buy is doing things a little differently compared to the set-up that was done last summer. Sometime in mid to late June, Best Buy will generate voucher codes and send those codes to D-E. Bryan Berg (Dover-Eyota's Technology Director) will be assigning codes to the families. Bryan will be emailing those code assignments to the primary family contact for each student a couple of days prior to the opening of the Best Buy online store, which is expected to be available on July 1. If you, or any family you know of with a student that will be a 6th grader or 9th grader in the fall, hasn't received the voucher code email by June 30th, please contact Bryan Berg at the email address
The website that you must use to make the purchase with Best Buy will be published HERE when it becomes available from Best Buy (anticipated July 1, 2018).
The email from Bryan that you should receive by approximately June 29 or June 30 will have your Voucher Code information, so that when you make your laptop selection and purchase on the specially made Best Buy website, you can enter your voucher code information during checkout to have $100 subtracted from the price.
Note that your voucher will only work by using the special Dover-Eyota Best Buy website. The voucher will not work in any store, nor on the "regular" Best Buy website.
If You wish to purchase the refurbished laptop option from MnCFS (also includes $100 voucher)
After receiving your voucher code from Bryan (sometime in late June), then you can complete this online form: https://goo.gl/YRCk7X, to purchase one of the refurbished computer options, and Bryan will coordinate the order for you with MnCFS. A reminder that the purchase through MnCFS cannot be done online, and you will need to bring in a check or cash for the amount owed (the cost of the laptop after the voucher has been applied) to the Dover-Eyota District Office as soon as you can so the order can be sent in. Checks should be made out to "Dover-Eyota Public Schools" with a note in the Memo ara of the check that its for the "CFS BYOD Purchase". Also note that you will need to provide your assigned voucher code on the form.
For Free or Reduced Lunch Families
To receive the additional discount if you have already qualified for one of these programs, please be sure to make your laptop purchase either through Best Buy or the MnCFS option, then complete this simple online form: https://goo.gl/7hS3qV . Todd Rowekamp will receive the information and coordinate the additional reimbursement..
Office365 sign-up and Software Info and download/installation links and instructions
Students can sign-up for their free Office365 accounts and get the information for additional free software that they can install on their family purchased laptops and then use for their projects at school (and personal projects as well) from this document: BYOD Software Links and installers. Note that all students in 6th grade through 12th grade have been assigned Google Accounts. That Google Account will be needed in order to create the Office365 Accounts.
If you decide to purchase a computer outside of those offered with a voucher discount.
Many families chose to do this last year, opting for laptops that they felt worked better for their overall needs. Just a reminder that we can't provide the $100 discount vouchers for any computers not offered for the program through Best Buy or MNCFS. For our environment, a purchase does need to be a laptop meeting at least minimum specs for testing (see the slideshow provided via link near the top of this page, slide #26). Chromebooks still do not work for BYOD testing, and have some additional limitations for our needs right now, so those should not be purchased for BYOD. For similar reasons, iPads are not to be used for our BYOD environment at this time. Android Tablets and smartphones are also not to be used for the BYOD at Dover-Eyota. Windows 10 laptops are preferred because we can test different software and tools on Windows laptops, but Macintosh laptops can be used. Just be aware that because we can't test things out on Macintosh laptops, we don't know for sure how well certain software and apps will work on Macs.
If you decide to go with a school-owned laptop
If you wish, the option is also available to use a school-owned laptop. If you decide that this is best for you, your student will use a laptop the same way that we've been doing the 1:1 laptop program since 2011. You will also have the option of signing up for the Protection Plan for $25/year
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dover-Eyota's Director of Technology, Bryan Berg, at
When the voucher codes are sent out at the end of June, in that email will be a link to a form that will be used to indicate what choice you are making for your soon-to-be 6th and 9th grade students so that plans can be made for any additional purchases by the school.