At Elk Island Catholic Schools, our mission is to inspire success, confidence and hope in each student. As leaders in the use of technology, we encourage creative and innovative learning.
At EICS will be continue with our One-to-One initiative, which means students can bring their own devices to school for educational purposes.
In the classroom, students will use devices responsibly, and only with the permission and direction of the teacher or other staff member.
Of course, technology alone will not improve learning— when combined with the right instruction from skilled staff, amazing things can happen. The increased use of technology in EICS classrooms will “power up” student success today, and for the future.
Here’s why personally owned devices work best:
•Students are usually experts with the device they have, and customize it to their learning needs.
• Students can use it to learn anytime, anywhere.
• Students can collaborate with their peers after school, about their school work.
• Student-owned devices are typically more up-to-date than those schools provide.
• School-owned devices are expensive and can be hard to sustain
In terms of what device we suggest recommend the Chromebook as the ideal device due to price, battery life, fast startup and usability. Students are welcome to use laptops, iOS and Android tablets and smartphones all accessing our WiFi.
If you would like to bring your own device - we certainly welcome that as well. A device brought for learning should meet the following requirements:
● Internet ready (preferably with the Chrome browser)
● Ability to type
● Battery life of a full school day (6 hours)
● Easily labelled for identification
● 802.11ac Wi-Fi support (This info can be found on the box the device came in)
We will continue to work with Staples for the 2017-2018 school year to provide options for purchasing your own device which includes full technology support. We were successful in partnering with Staples to create practical and very affordable support packages to support students and parents with their technological needs. We are renewing this partnership due to the success of it from the 2016-2017 school year. They were able to help familiarize users with their device, troubleshoot issues, as well as provide IT support.
For more information, check these out:
One-to-One User Agreement: EICSOne To OneStudentParentUserAgreement
One-to-One at a glance: One To One Fact March2017
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions): FAQForOne To One
Staples Letter: Staples BYOD Parent Letter 2017