- What does One-to-One mean?
- What does BYOD mean?
- No seriously, which device works best for BYOD?
- Will the school have WiFi available?
- Is web access restricted on the school's WiFi network?
- My cell phone won't work in the Commons area. Will the WiFi work where it is required?
- Tell me about E-books. Will students have the option to download textbooks/E-books instead of purchasing hard cover books?
- Why isn't the summer school Digital Literacy an option for students in the BYOD program?
- Don’t students just get distracted by these devices?
- What applications will be required?
- Will there be someone available at all times to assist with technical issues?
- What types of support may my son count on for his device?
- Why is the school using Google Apps for Education and not another program, such as Office365?
- What do I need to connect my device to one of the school’s classroom projectors?
- What if my device breaks? What if I forget it?
- Is there help available for families with financial need?
- How will students be prepared to use devices at school?
- Will pencil and paper be abandoned as a result of the One-to-One program?
If there was a ‘best’ device we would not have selected a Bring-Your-Own-Device Program, we would have gone with this mythical ‘best’ device. We believe any device that meets our requirements and recommendations will work fine for our students. When selecting a device families should consider:
Familiarity: You and your student will need to keep this device running, pick a device with which you are familiar.
Reliability/Ruggedness: You know your student, if he has a history of being hard on devices than pick a more rugged device and case for him. Also we recommend for all devices being purchase new that you add a three year breakage warranty.
Battery Life: This is especially important for Windows Laptops/Tablets, please make sure you device has a 5-6 hour battery life.
Cost: You know your family budget, devices vary widely in costs and a good device, like our recommended Acer Chromebook, is very inexpensive.
The issue with cell phone coverage is due to the school's walls that block cell phone signals and there is really nothing the school can do to improve the coverage. The school's WiFi does, however, cover all working areas of the school building and there is no issue with the school's WiFi network or signal.
U of D Jesuit has an E-book Committee which is currently looking at E-books. In the school's experience, which includes an extensive conversation with a number of Jesuit high schools who have already switched to One-to-One programs, the school book market is currently in a transitional phase. E-books are offered in a variety of formats with a variety of costs and purchasing methods. It is the school's goal to increase the availability of E-books, and we expect some offerings for next year, but full availability may take several years. The school's book purchase process will include specific information on courses where E-books are available, allowed, and/or required.
U of D Jesuit is reviewing the e-books we are offering to confirm they will run on the devices that meet our requirements. Keep in mind that you don’t need an e-book reader (kindle, nook, etc) to read e-books. E-books may be read using custom applications such as on the Kindle app for the Ipad or Android Tablets and/or via a web browser.
As U of D Jesuit moves into our Bring Your Own Device program for students, we are committed to giving students the skills they need to use these devices successfully in high school, in college, and beyond. As we discussed moving to a 1:1 device program in Department Chair meetings and in other venues, we received a clear message from our faculty that for teachers and students to succeed using these devices in every classroom, students need a solid foundation of skills beyond what they could get in a week of summer school. Both the summer BYOD "Boot Camp" and the new Digital Literacy Integration Program in all core freshmen courses are critical components in building that foundation of skills. The Digital Literacy program focuses on collaborative online work, issues in technology and society, digital citizenship, and maintaining a positive and responsible digital footprint, and cannot be compressed into a week of summer school. These changes are important and will serve our students now and later in life.
Our students live in a digital world. Their academic lives, through undergraduate (and, for some, graduate) school will include digital distractions; their work lives will as well.
We believe it’s important for students to learn to use their devices not just for entertainment--at which most students are already very adept--but also as tools for research, enquiry, and analysis. They can only do this by using devices, at appropriate times and on activities specified by the teacher, inside and outside the classroom on academic work. Unfortunately, there is a risk of distraction that comes along with this. We believe it’s better for students to learn to navigate this risk in high school, where parents and teachers are still very involved, before the additional freedoms of college. In the Boot Camp and through Digital Literacy lessons we teach students techniques to manage this distraction.
Some students or parents may want a technological solution to cut down on distraction; we have researched a list of Apps to Prevent Distraction on different devices.
The primary application for our One-to-One program will be Google Apps for Education. Your son currently has a Google Apps account through his U of D Jesuit e-mail address. If he needs assistance accessing this account, please have him stop in the Library or the Technology Office (Room 115), and we will provide him assistance. It is possible that additional apps will be added the curriculum, but there are no specific additions planned at this time. For most student work, students can use other programs, such as Microsoft Word, Libre or Open Office.
U of D Jesuit currently has an IT staff on site from 7 AM to 6 PM. The Library staff is also prepared to assist with technology issues - the Library is open from 7:30 AM to 4 PM. Also, U of D Jesuit will train a student support staff with the hope to have student technicians available during the school day to assist students.
Assistance will be provided by our new student help desk (students helping students) as well as by the staff of the school's Technology Department. Support will be available for the following:
- Accessing the school WiFi network
- Printing at school
- Assist with Google Docs and other mandatory apps
- Assist with school approved E-books
- Support will not be available for:
- Operating Systems
- Personal Applications
There is not a short answer to this question. The school has used Open Office/Libre Office with our students for many years. We also make Microsoft Office available in classrooms, so that students, for example, who choose to develop a presentation in Power Point are more certain the presentation will work. The school adopted Google Apps for Education a number of years ago as our cloud tool. It is well supported in the education community and provides many powerful features that benefit our students. Our choice of BYOD means we are open to student choice and Google Apps for Education works well in a BYOD environment.
While it is not required, U of D Jesuit offers two simple means for students to connect their device to the classroom projectors. Currently, every classroom has a VGA port. Many, but not all of the rooms, also have a HDMI port that the students can connect to.* This means that if a device can output VGA or HDMI then the student already has what they need. If a device is incapable of outputting VGA or HDMI, then the student will need to convert to VGA or HDMI in order to connect to classroom projectors. Please note that the classrooms with HDMI have full size HDMI and do not support microHDMI or miniHDMI, so students with microHDMI or miniHDMI will need converters as well.
*Classrooms currently supporting HDMI are 002, 004, 114, 115, 126, 130, 140, 201, 206, 301, 302, 308, 314, 319, JR122
The school has several Chromebooks as loaner devices available to assist students whose device is temporarily out of service - the form would be turned in to the Technology Office. Also, a student must have a protective case or padded bag for their device - take the time to pick a good case as corner protection is important for tablets.
As part of our planning process for the One-to-One BYOD program, we have and are giving consideration to the financial challenges of our families. To assist families we are working to reduce book costs through the use of ebooks and in house developed materials. Further information on assistance is available from Kathy Coccia in our Financial Aid department.
Please note Comcast will also provide reduced costs Internet access for families in need, for more information see their Internet Essentials web page.
The school plans to hold mandatory four hour technology orientation sessions for 9th grade and new students in the summer. Each student will be required to attend one of the four hour sessions and will be expected to bring their device to the session. These sessions will provide students with information and some basic instruction to assist them in starting the year prepared and organized with their new device. Further details regarding these sessions will be forth coming.