At Hockaday, we believe technology should be seamlessly woven into the learning process, enhancing curriculum across disciplines and grade levels, and providing students with the skills to use technology in ways that will benefit them now and in the future. Technology today supports and facilitates project-based and collaborative learning as well as interdisciplinary projects. It involves information and media literacy, digital communication, and global interdependence.

Laptop Program

The Hockaday Laptop Program makes learning possible anytime and anywhere.

As a component of an integrated educational environment, laptops let Hockaday students focus on concepts, active learning and collaboration while enhancing the girls' interaction with their teachers. Supporting this program, are a variety of online tools that are carefully vetted by the school, and monitored by teachers.

Technology skills serve students far beyond their time at Hockaday. They develop critical thinking abilities to analyze and manage information; learn to study and organize effectively; and build confidence in their capacity to adapt to change.

Hockaday students are positioned for successful, discerning use of evolving technology as lifelong learners and as members of the 21st century's “digital citizenry.”

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Do I need a computer in order to do my school work?

    Yes. Students in grades 6-8 are required to purchase a standardized laptop through Hockaday. Upper School students have the option of either purchasing the standardized laptop or bringing their own device, provided it meets the following specifications:
    • Windows 7 or higher
    • 128 GB hard drive or higher
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • Minimum battery life of 6 hours
    • OS X 10.8 or higher
    • 128 GB hard drive or higher
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • Minimum battery life of 6 hours
  • Can I bring my own laptop to school?

    Hockaday requires the same laptops and software package for all students in grades six through eight. Standardization of hardware and software is crucial if laptops are used as an integrated part of classroom instruction. Using a standard laptop in the Middle School allows students to learn about device ownership and receive a greater level of support by the School as they become more comfortable with the responsibilities of having a laptop. Middle School students have access to on-campus repair, loaner laptops, and a comprehensive no-fault warranty available through the School.

    Hockaday will automatically order laptops for all Middle School (fifth-eighth grade) students. 

    The Upper School has a “bring your own device” program; however, Upper school students may order the standard Hockaday laptop through the school.  The 2018-2019 laptop will be the Microsoft Surface Pro.

    The (BYOD) laptop has to meet the specifications below:
    • Windows 7 or higher
    • 128 GB hard drive or higher
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • Minimum battery life of 6 hours
    • OS X 10.8 or higher
    • 128 GB hard drive or higher
    • 8 GB or more of RAM
    • Minimum battery life of 6 hours
    BYOD students are welcome to visit the Helpdesk for advice, instruction and help connecting to Hockaday systems. Our Helpdesk cannot repair or facilitate the repair of BYOD laptops.

    If you are an Upper School student and would like to purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro through Hockaday, please click the link or paste it in your browser to order the laptop.
    The bundle includes the Microsoft Surface Pro with:
    • i5 processor
    • 8GB of RAM
    • 256GB of storage
    • Brenthaven BX2 Edge case
    • Microsoft Pro Type Cover (detachable keyboard)
    • Three year accidental damage coverage
    • Three year warranty coverage
    • Microsoft Office Professional Plus
    • Adobe Creative Cloud suite
    • On-campus support
    • Local support through the Microsoft Store at Northpark Center

    The cost for the package is $1,550. Students receiving financial aid should contact the Office of Admission and Financial Aid to request assistance.  

  • Is there special software I need to use at school?

    Yes, we use Microsoft Office, Outlook, Photoshop, and several subject specific software programs like Logger Pro, Life Forms, etc. For standardized laptops purchased through Hockaday, all software is provided and comes preinstalled. For students in the BYOD program, Hockaday is able to provide Microsoft Office and Logger Pro at no additional cost. BYOD students will be responsible for obtaining and installing any required software. BYOD students should check with their teachers to find out if any specific software is required for their classes and if discounts are available.
  • Do I need to know how to keyboard?

    Yes. We require the following keyboarding times in Middle School.

    5th grade – 30 words per minute
    6th grade – 35 words per minute
    7th grade – 40 words per minute
    8th grade – 45 words per minute

    Keyboarding practice is offered at the beginning of 5th and 6th grade and we offer keyboarding in summer school.
  • Does schoolwork have to be done on the computer?

    As technology becomes more ubiquitous, students will find that more and more of their work will be completed on the computer. That being said, students will also have times where their work will not be done using the computer or any technology at all. Our goal is to use technology appropriately, not exclusively.
  • Do I have a Hockaday email address?

    All faculty have Hockaday email accounts, and beginning in Middle School, students receive their own Hockaday email accounts.
  • Can I access my Hockaday email from home?

    Yes, your Hockaday email account can be accessed by visiting:

    Log in using your Hockaday email address and password.
  • How early does technology training begin?

    Our technology education curriculum begins in pre-kindergarten.
  • Are there restrictions on what websites I can visit?

    Yes. Hockaday has a content filtering appliance in place to prevent students from inadvertently visiting sites that are inappropriate. All internet traffic that flows through the Hockaday network is filtered. Because filtering happens within the infrastructure of the Hockaday network and not on the student laptops, families are advised to install a content filtering solution either on their daughter’s laptop or on their home network. You may learn more about parental control options here.
  • If I have problems with my computer, is there someone who can help me?

    Yes. You can bring your computer to the Helpdesk (3rd Floor of the Liza Lee Academic Research Center) between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to get help from a technology professional. Your teachers and other members of the Technology staff are also available throughout the day, and are happy to help with software questions.

    BYOD students are welcome to visit the Helpdesk for advice, instruction and help connecting to Hockaday systems. Our Helpdesk cannot repair or facilitate the repair of BYOD laptops.

Contact Us

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of David Yancey

    David Yancey 

    Director of Technology
  • Photo of Natalie Bravo

    Natalie Bravo 

    Technology Integration Specialist - Middle School
  • Photo of Mary Clark

    Mary Clark 

    Technology Integration Specialist - Middle School Coordinator
  • Photo of Michelle Goldsmith

    Michelle Goldsmith 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
  • Photo of Carolyne Ojwang

    Carolyne Ojwang 

    Database and Junior Systems Administrator
  • Photo of Karen Roberts

    Karen Roberts 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
  • Photo of Candace Townsley

    Candace Townsley 

    Technology Integration Specialist - Upper School
  • Photo of Jason Trejo

    Jason Trejo 

    Help Desk Technician
  • Photo of Jason Wagner

    Jason Wagner 

    Audio Visual Coordinator
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