FAQ's About BYOD
Students will be expected to have a laptop device that runs all features of the Google Chrome web browser.
Examples include iPads and Android tablets
Yes, we recommend a Chromebook. These are available new for under $200. Click here for more information.
The only required software is the Google Chrome browser (which is pre-installed on Chromebooks).
St. Mary’s can provide limited help-desk support for student devices, including providing students with loaner devices.
We are committed to ensuring that all students can participate fully in BYOD. If necessary, students will be able to check out a Chromebook from the Callaway Library that will be theirs for the year.
The increased use of technology has become an important aspect of the educational life of a student. Having their own laptop ensures that students have devices they are comfortable with and that are in good repair.
There are essential responsibilities that come with students having their own devices. St. Mary’s will partner with parents to teach students how to take care of their devices and use them responsibly. Students won’t be using their devices all the time. The ultimate goal is to teach students when and where technology enhances their learning and where it doesn’t. There will definitely be days when students won’t use their devices.
We will offer orientation sessions for all Middle School students at the beginning of the year, as well as special workshops for incoming Middle School students during the spring.
This is dependent on the particular device and the level of care it receives.
Students will be required to have their names prominently displayed on the lids of their laptops. 7th and 8th graders should use their hall lockers and school bags for storage, and 6th graders can use their cubbies.
Our primary goal is to utilize the best resources available for each class, and in some cases those resources may not be digital. That said, many of our textbooks will have a digital component version next year.
Yes, we will continue to have at least one dedicated computer lab because some high school classes require specialized software that will not run on Chromebooks.
Our current laptop carts are heavily used but have presented challenges, including equipment breakage and frequent low batteries. These issues have been frustrating for students and teachers. We have been studying the availability of computer technology in our school (and the ever-increasing demand for it from students and teachers) for over a year, beginning with a research team of faculty and staff members in the fall of 2013. The team concluded that a “Bring Your Own Device” technology model was the most efficient and effective solution for St. Mary’s. We are committed to ensuring that students leave St. Mary’s with a basic level of technological literacy, and the BYOD model is part of that commitment.
No. To print a document, students will need to use one of the desktop computers located in the Callaway Library.