Why Bring a Device?
Studies have shown that access to a device within the classroom has created a suite of amazing new opportunities for students. It has been shown to pose a huge advantage that dwarves the perceived risks. To learn more, take a look at a similar 1-to-1 program that has been a great success with our neighbours over at Riverside Secondary.
Here at Gleneagle, we use the devices with our grade 9 students in our Digital Literacy course. Please click on the link if you'd like to learn more and see some of the assignments students in the program have completed.
These are the minimum requirements for our 1-to-1 program devices. Please keep in mind these requirements when choosing a device.
Minimum Requirements for Devices:
- Minimum 10” Screen
- Minimum 8 hour battery life
- Must have a physical keyboard
- Must have WiFi access
- Must have current operating system (MacOS 10.12+ or Windows 10, not Windows 10-S)
- Camera/Webcam for stills and video
- Minimum 16Gb of internal storage
- Protective case
- Chromebooks that can run Office 365 for Android applications from the Google Play store
- Offline functionality
- Touchscreen with stylus
(for students who like to write on the computer)
(students are expected to bring their device to/from school daily)
- 13in. or smaller (15 inch or gaming-oriented laptops are heavy and don't easily fit in most backpacks)
Please note that students at Gleneagle have faced numerous issues with the network and Office 365 suite from older Chromebooks prior to 2016 (Celeron or MediaTek processors) and iPads. The Digital Literacy team at Gleneagle does not recommend using or purchasing these budget devices for the 1-to-1 program.
Here are some examples of devices that are frequently asked about:
Acceptable Device for 1-to-1
Unacceptable Device for 1-to-1
iPad/Tablet without Keyboard
iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or any mobile phone
If you have questions about specific device requirements or require financial assistance, please contact Kelly Zimmer (A-Hoc), Todd Smith (Hoc-Par), or Tanya Dissegna (Par-Z).
Here are some frequently asked Technology Questions for Parents of Incoming Grade 9 Students: 1-to-1 Parent Handout.docx