Technology is a Tool

CM has recognized the evolving importance of technology as a tool to improve teaching and learning both in and out of the classroom. We want our students and teachers to be able to integrate them seamlessly into all their educational activities. 
 
In response, CM’s Technology Committee met throughout the past year to develop policies and procedures that will allow students to bring more of these devices into the classroom. The result is CM’s Bring Your Own Device program. It is an approach that is sensitive to student learning needs and to the technology choices of our families. It is also an approach consistent with the kind of learning environments our students will face in college.
 
The committee has also worked to increase CM’s WiFi connectivity across campus and expanded our bandwidth capacity.

To help families fully understand our program, we have prepared some questions and answers which highlight the key aspects of the program. See FAQs below.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Can we choose a laptop instead of a tablet?

    Yes, we recommend a laptop, or iPad. 
  • How do I choose the best device for my son?

    The choice of any computing device is always an individual and very personal decision.  Our CM BYOD program is specifically designed to embrace that individual choice.  It is important, however, that you choose a device that will have the capacity and functionality needed to accomplish the variety of educational tasks for which it will be used.
     
    Consequently, we have developed some useful hardware guidelines for selecting a device.  Your choice may not fully conform to these guidelines, but we have chosen them to ensure the greatest possible compatibility with our campus network and the educational uses we anticipate for the devices.  

    Recommended Laptop Specifications
    • 13" Display
    • 8 GB of memory
    • 256GB of flash storage
    • Windows 7 or higher or MacOS 10.8 or higher
    Recommended iPad Specifications
     
    • 7 inches minimum screen size
    • 1024x768 Screen Resolution
    • 16 GB Internal Storage
    • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
    • Mini-HDMI; Mini-USB Ports for transferring data
    • 6 hour minimum battery life
    • Headphone jack
    • Microphone
    • Camera
    Other Optional Considerations
    • Antivirus software
    • Protective cover/case
    • External keyboard
    • Additional power adapter
    • Repair/Replacement/Insurance Policy
  • Are students required to bring an iPad or other device to school?

    No. Students will not be required to bring an iPad or other device.

    Just like in a college environment, CM students will now be allowed to bring devices to classes if they wish.   
     
    Some students might choose to remain with traditional textbooks. Others might prefer digital materials. Some might choose to keep a traditional notebook, however, we recommened everyone begin using Office 365. Every student is given an Office 365 account, which allows them to work in the cloud using the browser version of Word, Excel and Power Point. 
  • How will students use technology in and out of the classroom?

    Your laptop or tablet will complement and enhance the technology resources we already have. They include three computer labs, Smart Boards in each classroom, Wi-fi throughout the campus, online library resources, file sharing and Virtual High School capability. 

    Students can tailor learning to their own specific styles. Some will use them to take notes, to read novels and textbooks, to schedule activities and practices, to complete homework, and to share documents with classmates.

    Laptops/tablet have audio and visual capability which will allow students to create podcasts, practice language skills and dictate notes. Laptops/tablets can also be used to support collaborative learning opportunities.
  • What guidelines will govern the use of a device in school?

    The use of all technology by our students is governed by the school’s Acceptable Use Policy as outlined in the Student Handbook.   For your reference, that policy is included here as well.
     
    Laptop and Tablet Technology Policy

    Personal computers, tablets, and other technology used for educational purposes are permitted and encouraged during the school day, but will be subject to the discretion of Faculty and Staff, and should not in any way disrupt the learning process.  Faculty and Staff have the right to decide at which times use of technology is appropriate, and at which times devices should be turned off or put away.  Use of technology that is not relevant to coursework is not allowed during instructional time.  Personal access for recreational reasons is allowed only during studies or personal time.  The School’s goal is to use technology to facilitate resource sharing, innovation, research, creativity, communication, increased productivity, and mobile learning.
     
    Student use of tablets or similar devices require the student’s adherence to the School’s Acceptable Computer and/or Internet Use policy, Social Networking Guidelines, and Academic Integrity policy.  Any inappropriate use of technology will be subject to disciplinary action and may also result in loss of laptop and/or tablet privileges.
  • What software apps should my son choose?

    We are proud to announce that we have Microsoft Office 365 available for all students and staff at CM. These online tools include, online storage with OneDrive, Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point. In addition, teachers may recommend other specific apps or online tools to be used in their specific classes. 
     
  • I still have questions.  Who can I contact for more information?

    If you still have questions, please contact:
    John "Jake" Jaques
    Director of Information Technology 
    johnjaques@catholicmemorial.org

    Mr. John Aversa
    CM Technology Committee Chair
    JohnAversa@CatholicMemorial.org






               

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