Instructional Technology

At Parish, we believe that the future is now when it comes to technology in education. We leverage the power of technology to enhance the flexibility and effectiveness of our educational programs and environment. Students in every grade level have the advantage of computers in classrooms, libraries and computer labs, linked by robust wired and wireless connectivity.

Our vision is that Parish students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to select and manage digital tools that will empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, project-based learning, content creation, communication and collaboration. Our use of cloud-based apps for education gives students access to a comprehensive suite of tools for productivity and collaboration anywhere, anytime in order to extend learning beyond the classroom.

For the benefit of our students, Parish embraces the "bring your own device" (BYOD) model. This approach puts students and their parents in control of choosing the device with which they are most comfortable. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every student in 7th through 12th grade will be required to bring a device to school each day.

As Parish works toward meeting our strategic initiatives, we know questions will arise. We are committed to keeping you informed and will keep a dynamic list of FAQs on this site. If you have a question that you don’t see below or need further assistance, contact Parish’s Instructional Tech Team at iTech@parishepiscopal.org.


Technology Requirements and Recommendations:

Lower School

Lower School students will experience incremental increases in technology usage for educational purposes as they progress through Parish’s academic program. At this time, the School does not allow Lower School students to bring mobile learning devices to school unless they are part of an accommodation plan. Students in the Lower School have access to computers and iPads under the guidance of our faculty and staff. These devices are located in classrooms, the libraries of both campuses and computer labs. At home, Parish recommends a desktop computer placed in an easily-accessible location.

Middle School

At the Middle School level, students experience a technology-rich learning environment that incorporates challenging and innovative curricular programs. Every student in 5th through 8th grade has a Google Apps for Education account which provides a full suite of productivity tools that are accessible both on and off campus. Other online tools include digital textbooks, learning management systems and other creativity and assessment tools.

5th and 6th Grade

Computer access will continue to be available in classrooms, computer labs and libraries. Faculty may encourage students to bring in their own devices for some assignments and projects, though this is not a requirement in these grade levels. Parish recommends that students in 5th and 6th grade have easy access to a computer at home.

7th and 8th Grade
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every student in 7th and 8th grade will be required to bring a device to school each day. General device requirements can be found below.

Upper School

At the Upper School level, students experience a technology-rich learning environment that incorporates challenging and innovative curricular programs. Every student in 9th through 12th grade has a Google Apps for Education account which provides a full suite of productivity tools that are accessible both on and off campus. Other online tools include digital textbooks, learning management systems and other creativity and assessment tools.

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every Upper School student will be required to bring a device to school each day. General device requirements can be found below.

General Requirements for Mobile Computing Devices

Minimum system specifications for our BYOD program are driven by curricular objectives. Students and families may already have a device that meets these requirements. If not, they may upgrade a current device to meet the requirements or purchase a new device that meets the requirements. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, every student in 7th through 12th grade will be required to bring a mobile computing device to school each day.

Devices such as iPads, Android tablets, Windows RT tablets, Chromebooks, as well as eReaders such as the Nook and Kindle, generally do not meet Parish’s device requirements. While these devices have a solid place in the computing market, they do not support the full range of specific classroom applications. Students are permitted to bring and use these secondary devices at the discretion of the faculty, but they should have and be prepared to use their primary device at any time during the school day.

General Device Requirements:
Windows or Macintosh operating system
Access to the Internet via Wi-Fi
Ability to display Adobe Flash content
Minimum of 4-hour battery life
Productivity suite (Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, Apple’s iWork Suite, etc.)
Virus, malware and spyware protection (current versions with automatic updates)

Additional Recommendations:
External hard drive or flash drive for backing up files
Additional AC power adapter (one for school and one for home)
High-capacity battery if available
Headphones or ear buds
Protective laptop computer sleeve or backpack with a laptop compartment for increased protection


 

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