Dear 6th through 11th Grade Parents –
At Parish, we are committed to leveraging the power of technology to enhance the effectiveness of our educational programs and environment. 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.
Several years ago, Parish adopted the “bring your own device” (BYOD) technology model. This approach puts students and their parents in control of choosing a computing device which, while meeting certain specifications established by the School, best meets their needs and with which they are most comfortable.
Currently, Parish encourages students in 7th through 12th grade to bring a mobile learning device to school. However, 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 as part of their learning materials.
If some kind of mobile computing device is on your child’s holiday wish list, it might be a worthwhile investment to purchase a laptop. With all 7th through 12th grade students expected to have personal computing capability on campus next year, you can give your student a gift that will not only make their holiday bright, but also be an investment in their learning.
If you are considering purchasing a laptop, you will want to ensure that it meets Parish’s general device requirements. Netbooks typically range from $250 to $450, and laptops can range from $500 to over $2000 depending on the brand and configuration. Please note that devices such as iPads, Android tablets, Windows RT tablets, 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.
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.
General Device Requirements:
- 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)
- Either Windows or Macintosh operating system
- 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
If you have additional questions, please visit our Bring Your Own Device FAQs on the Instructional Technology page of the Parish website or contact Parish’s Instructional Tech Team at iTech@parishepiscopal.org.
Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
Paul Tidmore, Chief Technology Officer
Michelle Lyon, Provost