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.

Gearing up for Year 3 of the One-to-One Technology Program

With​ ​the​ ​successful​ ​implementation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​One​ ​to​ ​One​ ​technology​ ​program,​ ​EICS​ ​is​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​into year 3 of the​ ​initiative.

  • For new participants, the option to purchase or lease to own a Chromebook will be offered by Staples and not directly from the school.
  • Because of the positive feedback we’ve received from you about the service and support provided by Staples, we continue to recommend them to our parent community.
  • Here is a link to their most recent offer, which now includes payment options.
  • We will continue to maintain a small inventory of Chromebooks at the school in the event that the student forgets to bring, or charge their own device.
  • Any further questions,  please contact your school administration.

EICS will 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)


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 2018




Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship is a concept that helps teachers, students, and parents understand what students need to know in order to use technology appropriately. It is more than a teaching tool, in fact, it is a way to prepare students for a society that is embedded with technology.

Below are some resources to help our parents and students find their way in this digital world.

MediaSmarts - Canada's Centre for Digitial and Media Literacy


Internet Savvy - Alberta Government


Google Safety Center


Common Sense Education Family Toolbox