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OPTIONS – Digital Collaboration
What do I need for Classes?
Deciding what technology is right for your young adult can be a difficult task. To that end the Technology Department has put together some basic recommendations for computers and technology for OPTIONS students.
First and foremost, every student needs to have a laptop computer. While tablets and other mobile technology can be very useful to a student’s education, the need a laptop more, and not just for typing papers. Many assistive technology applications require a fully fledged laptop to function at the level necessary to support special education needs. These recommendations are meant to be baseline computer systems that would perform in a traditional classroom environment. Laptop systems with higher performance capabilities may be needed for coursework and individualized education programs. The staff at OPTIONS can discuss these needs with you further. General guidelines to follow when looking for a computer are:
- Intel i5 processor or higher (or AMD equivalent)
- 8GB RAM Recommended
- Integrated WiFi
- 128GB or larger hard drive storage
- Microsoft Office 365 / Office for Mac
For specific brand recommendations, please look at the post on the School’s Technology Website.
*** There are known hardware compatibility problems between the Cisco wireless hardware and Microsoft Surface computers. For that reason, we do not recommend them to students. ***
** Students who are enrolled at Brehm Preparatory School as High School Students but taking classes at OPTIONS qualify for a Brehm issued laptop as long as they are enrolled in high school. Details can be discussed with OPTIONS Staff. **
What do I need for my Apartment?
Student needs at the apartments will vary across three programs at OPTIONS (Standard, Modified and Extensions). Students living at the Aspen Court Apartment Complex on Grand Avenue are provided with wired Internet with their rental agreement. If students wish to have WiFi internet in their apartment or they have a large number of devices to connect, like gaming systems, desktops and TVs, they will need to purchase a wireless router of their own. Students living in other accommodations will need to talk with their landlord or the OPTIONS staff to determine what action they need to take in regards to internet service in their house or apartment.
Recommendations for that hardware can be found on the Technology Department FAQ.