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All students are required to bring a personal laptop/tablet pc to classes every school day. It is important to keep in mind that that the device must meet our minimum requirements.
- Power adapter to keep at school
- Protective sleeve
- Stylus (for new students beginning in the 19-20 school year)
- For World Language Students: If your laptop does not have a full-size USB port (also known as USB-A), you will need to have a headset that is compatible with your device. To clarify, a headset is different from earbuds since it also has a microphone.
Shop at CDW or Dell
This year, we will not be hosting a BYOD Night. Instead, we have partnered with two different vendors – CDW and Dell – and selected several recommended devices. Each of the devices listed meets our minimum specifications. We encourage you to explore the options from each company while making your decision. You are welcome to purchase a laptop from any vendor you choose; we offer these two as a convenience and because our experience with both companies has been excellent. We recommend them highly.
Should you have any questions, please contact Technology Director Mrs. Rosanne Grigoletti (815.717.3137).
- For either vendor, we have selected several recommended devices in a range of price points. You are welcome to customize and upgrade from there if you choose.
- Consider adding an extended warranty with accidental damage. Unfortunately, we have seen many broken screens in the Tech Office!
- Don’t purchase Microsoft Office. Our school license agreement will provide your students with an Office365 account at no cost.
- Download list of selected devices from CDW (updated as of 5/23/19)
- Please be aware that the prices quoted are for a Bundle, which includes the laptop, a stylus, a second power adapter and a padded sleeve. These are all required.
- To order, contact Nick Simonetti at email@example.com or 877.800.3153.
About our BYOD Program
Read the 5 goals of our BYOD Program
As a college preparatory Catholic high school, Providence Catholic focuses on skills that will help your students beyond high school and into the college or university of their choice. Preparation for college involves teaching about our Catholic faith, as well as the traditional academic disciplines such as Mathematics, English, Science, and more. Providence Catholic also incorporates the appropriate use of technology tools and devices in the educational setting. We take very seriously our responsibility to prepare our students for a world in which the use of technology is not optional, but an integral part of everything they will do.
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Technology has a huge impact on how students learn best, what they need to learn, and how they collaborate and express themselves in effective, engaging, and interactive ways. Successful students need not only to read, to write and to perform research. They also need to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. They need to be able to collaborate effectively and communicate to a larger audience. They must also be able to leverage digital resources, to be flexible and adaptive with rapidly emerging technologies. It is increasingly more important than ever that students be self-sufficient as they move from device to device, application to application, and environment to environment.
Providence Catholic students will acquire the skills necessary to select and use digital tools which will empower them in all areas of the learning process: research, problem solving, content creation, creativity, communication and collaboration. Our students will be trained to be innovative, to think critically, to ask questions and carefully evaluate the answers they find. They will learn to communicate with their peers, experts and others, and use creativity as they solve problems and demonstrate their learning.