The laptops were supposed to have webcams! Please let us know if you would like to have a small Logitech cameras for your laptop. (I have one on my desktop and it's reasonably priced and very good.)
The laptop security settings disallow users from installing applications. We have already done multiple installations for faculty, including MathType, Zoom (webconferencing installation), etc. Flash updates itself in Windows 10. IT is working on a way to "whitelist" installations that need to occur regularly, so updates will happen in the background.
Before you leave for winter break, please arrange an overnight visit for your laptop and we will do all updates. If you want something unique installed, let us know.