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 OR EXCEED OUR MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS. Please be sure to review all information before choosing a laptop.
When to purchase? We recommend that if you need to purchase a laptop that you do so as soon as you can. The pandemic has caused disruptions in the supply chain, which may lead to delivery delays. The sooner you order the better! But if you have already own a laptop that meets minimum specs, that will certainly work!
BYOD Workshops will be scheduled soon; we will send an email with registration information. We are currently planning to schedule 7 or 8 sessions between July 20 & August 7. Depending on restrictions from the State of Illinois, we may need to change dates or modify the delivery method of our instruction. In any case, we will be sure to notify parents.
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Shop at Dell or CDW
BYOD Workshop Info
Required accessories – please be sure to purchase these!
- Power adapter to keep at school
- Protective sleeve
- 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
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!
- DO NOT purchase Microsoft 365. Our school license agreement will provide your students with an Microsoft 365 account at no cost.
- Download list of selected devices from CDW (updated as of 5/10/20)
- 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: Email Nick Simonetti at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your Name
- Your Billing/Shipping address
- The product that you want to purchase
- Best phone number for a return call from Nick to finalize the purchase.
- If you have any questions about the CDW products, contact Nick as well.
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.
slogan by Brendan McGuire, ’17
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.