To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively. Many students’ lives today are filled with technology that gives them ubiquitous access to information and resources, enabling them to pursue their interests in their own way and at their own pace. The opportunities are limitless, borderless, and instantaneous.
In trying to determine what is the most effective tool for learning, it has become clear, that while having access to the Internet and web tools increases student engagement and collaboration, tablets and smartphones do not have the same benefits as laptops. They are often seen as a fun, entertaining device, and the screen size and lack of keyboard limit their capabilities. Alternatively, laptops keep the benefits of technology in the hands of the student, while decreasing the distractions caused by smartphones in the classroom. Laptops also enable the downloading of Ebooks, which are typically less expensive than textbooks.
In an effort to provide optimum learning opportunities in the classroom, students are required to bring a laptop/Chromebook to school every day to be used in class. We recommend that parents consider a Chromebook for their students, because of their low cost, long battery life, and generally small size. Mac and PC laptops will also be acceptable, especially if you already own one of these. If you are buying something new, please consider cost, durability, battery life, size and weight as factors when making your purchase. Please see the minimum specifications with information on operating systems below. Here is an example of an economical laptop with appropriate battery life and improved durability: ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02
· Chromebook, Apple Mac or PC laptop,
· Minimum of 4 hours run time on battery.
· 4GB of RAM for Windows and MacOS based computers
· 2GB of RAM is acceptable for a ChromeBook, 4GB is preferred
· WiFi adaptor that supports 802.11 a, n or ac standards at 5GHz.
(There will not be wireless coverage for the older 2.4GHz standards.)
Supported Operating Systems:
· Microsoft Windows 7,8 or 10
· Apple Macintosh OS X versions 10.9 or newer
Student laptops/Chromebooks may be used to access resources, complete assignments, and for personal organization. These devices are learning tools and will be used to enhance the learning experience and expose students to online resources. The use of the device is at the sole discretion of the teacher. Unless specifically allowed by instructor, phone use is not permitted during class.