At the start of 2013, we opened a new chapter on utilization of technology in the classroom. Several departments began incorporating BYOD - Bring Your Own Device – in which students use personal tablets or laptops to organize and advance their learning in and out of school. We also initiated a pilot project to develop blended-online courses using blended learning approaches, a combination of online and face-to-face instruction such as digital textbooks.
ALL STUDENTS will be required to BYOD on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Technology is a valuable and real-world educational tool. In addition to learning to share Google docs, submit online homework and manage their time, they will learn digital etiquette and cyber safety. Like previous years, students will have online access via the school's WIFI (that also blocks inappropriate content), and will have access to computers in labs and library, but all students are required to bring their own device every day with the battery fully charged.
While devices may not be used all the time, some examples for classroom use are:
- Taking notes and research
- Using the internet to read e-books (i.e., library books, class novels, textbooks)
- Creating multimedia projects
- Using calculator apps
- Accessing online instructional material from course websites
- Accessing daily calendar and @sccstudents.org email
We have a few charging stations and are launching a student Tech Help desk. Most important is that students possess a device recommended by the Technology Department such as:
- Chromebooks - 14" HP (this is the best value and is highly compatible with Google functions)
- MAC or PC laptops that have 5Ghz Wireless
- All MacBooks that have 5Ghz Wireless
NOT recommended: iPads, Kindles, netbooks, mini-tablets and Smartphones. These devices don't have large enough screens, the necessary processing power and lack a physical keyboard.
NOTE: Be sure to check that the DEVICE has 5GHZ CAPABLE Wireless (WiFi), or you must purchase a USB dual band WiFi adapter (TP-Link TL-WDN3200 is about $25 fromAmazon). The specs will be usually listed as "dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n". The "b" and "g" types are 2.4Ghz, the "a" type is 5Ghz and "n" can be either 2.4Ghz and/or 5Ghz so don't rely on just "n" being listed. If it lists "dual-band" or it has the "a" AND "n" types listed it's a 5Ghz capable device.
Families who do not have the means of purchasing a digital device may contact in Finance during the summer. Support will be provided at the rate of tuition aid eligibility. This is made possible by Annual Appeal donors.