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Technology FAQ

Revised July 2016
What is the 1:1 Program and what do personal electronic devices have to do with it?

Outdated models restrict technology instruction and treat it as a standalone subject. This model is impractical. Contemporary computer technology has transitioned to saturate almost every aspect of daily life. The vast majority of our student body will move on to colleges where proficiency with “mobile-web-based” applications, on various personal computing devices, is critical. La Salle’s move to a 1:1 technology environment will provide our student body with resources to engage effectively in the digital landscape of continuing education.

Using tablets and laptop computers can provide a significant decrease in materials carried around by each student. Not all books will be replaced at once, but the reduction in physical weight of materials will be significant and become increasingly significant as more useful textbooks, lab manuals, workbooks, and reading material are digitized and loaded into the tablet computer.

The resulting use of iPads and laptops allows for college preparation to occur beyond the classroom and the hours in a school day. Teachers routinely post their assignments and grades online, in order to cater to the asynchronous learning that is expected of today's university students. These assignments can include online homework, quizzes and tests, discussions, or even viewing teacher lectures and resources.

One of our primary goals is to ensure that all La Salle students are prepared to complete the tasks in the same manner they are expected to in higher education. At this point, the tools we offer in the 1:1 Environment are the best and most cost-efficient choice for La Salle students to practice online assignments, digital citizenship, organization, time management, and critical communication skills.

How will this technology be used?

There are a variety of different applications for this new technology. Some of the main components are listed below:

-Use an iPad or MacBook as their primary data storage/retrieval tool.
-Have every class at their fingertips via the mobile application Schoology.
-Submit various assignments using the web as a transmission medium.
-Use their device as a textbook when appropriate.
-Use their device as a calendar or planner that is linked to all classes and all assignments.
-Take digital notes when appropriate.
-Carry out assignments using multi-media recording/editing/playback when appropriate.
-Collaborate with others without being bound by physical location.
-Access the web in real time when “in-class” instruction calls for such activities.
-Learn the value of intelligent searching and filtering of web-based content.
-Receive training and gain proficiency in appropriate use within an academic environment. 

How will the 1:1 program improve curriculum?

La Salle is sensitive to the essential and irreplaceable role of the experienced and dedicated instructor. As a community of educators we have been faithful to answering one overriding question: how will the implementation of technology improve our instruction?

-Schoology will allow for more customization for individual needs.
-Student performance information will be more immediately available.
-Instructors will more effectively leverage digital material for course improvements.
-Each student will be better positioned to progress at his or her own pace.
-Students will sample the digital landscape of collegiate communities.
-Students will be able to create multimedia content without additional devices.

What device should my child get? iPad or MacBook?
​Unfortunately, we cannot tell you exactly which device to get. Each student is different and will interact differently depending on the device. The chart below will be able to shed some light to help explain which device may be best for you and your child.

Pros for iPad

-Less expensive to purchase
-Less expensive to fix/replace
-More portable and easier to carry
-Easier for reading text/books
-Touchscreen
-Easier to install and manage apps
Pros for MacBook

-Easier for multitasking
-Easier for content production
-All-in-one device
-More powerful hardware 
-Newer models have higher battery life
-Base models have more internal storage
What are the required minimum technical specification for each device?

We ask that students purchase the device that meets the minimum specifications but devices employing the recommended specifications will be more optimal as they will be more compatible with the applications used in daily activities. You can purchase the device at retail stores, ordered through Apple.com, or through a 3rd party source (eBayAmazon, etc). 
We also recommend AppleCare+ or a similar warranty be purchased.

The minimum specifications for the iPad are as follows:
-Generation 2 (iPad 2) or newer
-At least 16gb of internal memory/storage
-iOS 9 or newer
-iBooks, Kindle, AppleID, iCloud, and Find My iPhone apps installed

The recommended specifications for the iPad are as follows:
-The newest model of the iPad Air with AppleCare+
-64 gb of internal memory/storage
-iOS 9
-iBooks, Kindle, AppleID, iCloud, and Find My iPhone apps installed
-External keyboard
-A protective case

The minimum specifications for the Apple laptop are as follows:
-The computer must be circa late 2008 or newer (MacBook Pro from mid/late 2007 is OK)
-The computer must run OS X El Capitan (v10.10) or newer
-At least 64 gb of internal memory/storage
-Current anti-virus must be installed
-iBooks, Kindle, AppleID, iCloud, and Find My iPhone apps installed

The recommended specifications for the Apple laptop are as follows:
-2015 MacBook Air with OS X El Capitan (v10.10) and AppleCare+
-At least 128 gb of internal memory/storage
-At least 2 gb of RAM
-Current anti-virus must be installed
-iBooks, Kindle, AppleID, iCloud, and Find My iPhone apps installed
-A protective case

There are a few different places you can obtain a warranty for your device. The following options are provided as a convenience and are not endorsed by La Salle High School. Each parent must decide, after researching the warranty product, what is right for their daughter or son.
-AppleCare+
-SquareTrade
-Worth Ave Group

Regardless of what type of computer/device the student uses, they are required to adhere to all existing rules and guidelines from the acceptable use policy.

Can I use an older, an Android, or Microsoft device instead?

Currently, the iPad and MacBook offer the most cost efficient solution, providing the highest quality digital textbooks and largest availability of educational apps/resources. In order to give the students the best and most cost efficient college preparatory education and to give high quality support, the iPad and MacBooks are the only devices accepted at this time. We will continue to explore the use of other devices for the future. Older generations of the Apple devices will have issues running newer software and may not even be able to load some applications.

  1. The updated version of Google applications (Google Drive) requires iOS 7 or newer (iPad) and OS X Lion 10.7 or newer (MacBook)

  1. Schoology will not function on older devices.

  1. Most electronic textbooks support older operating systems, but this will change as updates and features are added to electronic textbooks in a constantly changing marketplace.

  1. Many current multimedia applications require iOS 7/OS X 10.7 or newer.

Not having an on-board camera will require the student to take extra steps with multiple devices if they are to present work requiring multimedia elements through their devices.

Will the iPad/MacBook be the only personal device that a student can use?

For the purpose of mobility and consistency of user interface we require an iPad or MacBook as the primary computing device. There will be times when a traditional laptop/desktop computer will be more practical for assignments requiring extended input of text. For these instances, a student may use their personal laptops or any of the existing desktops on campus that are reserved for student use. Every student will continue to have access to all of La Salle High School’s currently existing computer resources and they can use them according to the needs of their individual assignments.

La Salle will also provide the following resources for student use:
-A La Salle account (powered by Google) for email and file storage
-A PowerSchool account to access grades online
-A Schoology account for completing assignments
-Access to free WiFi and printing on campus
-Access to a full computer lab in the library

Will there be a student orientation day for technology prior to the first day of class?

Yes, as part of our orientation day, we will familiarize each student with the following items.

  • Schoology
    • Finding the Schoology mobile app
    • Downloading the Schoology app
    • Finding La Salle High School in the Schoology app
    • Login process
    • Basic navigation process
  • Device Security
    • Screen lock password/using it and keeping it secret
    • Keeping the device in sight/in your possession
    • Turning on the “Find My iPad” function
    • Activating iCloud for data backup
    • Put stickers on you iPad
  • Device Care
    • Keep it clean
    • Don't throw it around
    • If it is in your backpack don't throw the backpack around
    • Don't place heavy things on it
  • Charging the Device
    • Remember to keep it charged
    • Charge it overnight as a best practice
    • What to do in case an emergency battery charge is needed
Will the device ever need to be replaced?

In general we expect a two-to-four-year lifespan for the devices. The more important question here is how long will a particular device be able to use the “minimum required iOS operating system”. Some things to consider:

-More RAM and a larger hard drive installed on the device will extend the useful lifespan.
-Proper physical care and handling of the device will extend the useful lifespan.
-A resourceful student may be able to extend the life of the device beyond the norm.

Will the device be used in all classes all the time?

Not necessarily. The point of implementing our 1:1 technology environment is to support and enhance the delivery of curriculum at La Salle High School. We want our curriculum to drive technology. With that said:

  • Each student will bring their charged device to school every day. The best analogy is that the device is a digital backpack and assistant.

  • As instruction is carried out, there will be times when using the device is appropriate and other times when it is inappropriate. The student will be expected to have the device ready should the instructor call for its use in class.

Is a student allowed to install any item(s) on his/her device that is not part of the required suite of applications specific to the La Salle High School requirements?

The device is owned by the student/parents. Whether used or not used, if a student has inappropriate applications installed on the device they bring to La Salle High School, the guidelines explained within the Acceptable Use Policy will be followed.

Should the device be insured?

La Salle does not require each device to be insured but we strongly recommend it.
There are a few different places you can obtain a warranty for your device. The following options are provided as a convenience and are not endorsed by La Salle High School. Each parent must decide, after researching the warranty product, what is right for their daughter or son.

-AppleCare+
-SquareTrade
-Worth Ave Group

Does La Salle have WiFi?

The wireless network is open and spread out throughout the campus, including all classrooms, the cafeteria, and outdoor areas. Students can connect to the WiFi network using the SSID “lshs.” On average, students can expect relatively fast Internet connection; devices average about 20 Mbps download, and 20 Mbps upload speeds. 

In order to help maintain this infrastructure, La Salle has a technology fee of $25 that will be billed to your tuition.

How do I download the textbooks onto my device?

All electronic textbooks and book lists can be found on our textbook list. Books can be purchased and downloaded iBooks, Amazon, or another reputable vendor.

What apps do I need for my device?

The following are standard apps that will be used at La Salle regardless of grade level or course type. Please keep in mind that today’s mobile application marketplace is very dynamic and there will be times when the list of standard apps will change.

-Powerschool Mobile
-Schoology
-Google Drive
-Notability - $2.99 Note taking application
-E-Mail application (G-Mail, iMail, etc)
-YouTube
-Quizlet
-Other apps will be decided by the teacher

Who do I refer to if I need additional help?

If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Roy Chang either via E-mail or phone.

Does La Salle utilize social media?
Yes. La Salle utilizes a variety of different digital mediums to keep in contact with prospective and current students as well as parents and alumni. You can visit any of our pages using the following links:

Click here
 for Facebook 
Click here for photo albums (Flickr)
Click here for the athletic calendar
Click here for the school calendar
Click here for Twitter
Click here for YouTube
Will the information found in this FAQ ever change?

This FAQ is a dynamic document and will be updated as our shared experience with the 1:1 technology environment matures.

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