1:1 Laptop Program
Our goals of this program are to teach students how to use the technological tools available to them to broaden their learning horizons, use Web 2.0 tools and the Internet effectively, and prepare them for the workplace of tomorrow. We will also help teach students how to use the large amount of research tools available on the World Wide Web, thus increasing their ability to do research on their own. We will teach organizational and study skills, from organizing lecture notes to completing homework and submitting it electronically, using software on the notebook computers.
It is mandatory that the student participate in our 1:1 technology program, however you have a couple of options as to how you can participate:
If you already have a laptop or tablet that meets the minimum specifications listed below, you may use that machine in the school. If you need to purchase a computer you can either purchase one on your own or you can order one through DSR Inc. They have been providing us with service for six years and we are pleased to have them as our sales representatives. Go to http://www.dsr-inc.com/pallottihs2013.html to place your order. Please pay attention to your choices. Although the Accidental Damage Protection is not mandatory, Pallotti highly recommends you add this protection; it has come in handy for many students this past year.
If you choose to purchase from a place other than DSR, it is also recommended you get some type of Accidental Damage Plan. The computer must meet the minimum specs listed below. If you choose the DSR option, your computer will be shipped directly to the school. We will set it up for you and notify you when it is ready for pick up.
If you purchase through DSR, your computer can be brought to the tech department to be sent out for repairs. Students will be responsible for backing up their own files, and niether Pallotti or DSR can be held responsible for lost files.
If you purchase from another store or bring in one you already own, you must take the computer back to your place of purchase for any repairs. The tech department will offer only minimal support on non-DSR computers (School wireless network access issues, Office issues, etc.). We are unable to provide home networking support.
In order for you to use your device on our network, you must fill out a form that gives us wireless information needed for our network. The form can be found here.
Here are the minimum specifications:
- Dual-core processor
- 3 Gb RAM minimum
- 8 GB Thumbdrive for backup
- One of the following Operating Systems - Windows 7 Operating System (32 or 64 bit), Android OS, Mac iOS, or Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or higher
- Virus/Malware Protection Software: Microsoft Security Essentials(free anti-virus/spyware from Microsoft, please do not pay for one!) Android compatible Virus protection, or Virusbarrier Express for Mac (free through the App Store)
- Office Suites:
Microsoft Office 2010(Windows) Suite that includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote
Microsoft Office 2011 (Mac)
or at least one of the following:
Google Drive (included with a Gmail account)
Microsoft SkyDrive (includes online versions of Office products)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q) Does my son or daughter have to participate in the program?
A) Yes. In order for the teachers to use technology effectively in the classroom, each student must have a laptop.
Q) How has Pallotti researched other 1:1 Programs?
A) Please be assured the decision to bring the technology into the Pallotti classroom has been well researched. We have been preparing for several years. We have been in contact with other schools that have made the transition to a 1:1 notebook computer program many years ago. We have listened to their experiences and have already avoided some of the problems and pitfalls they experienced. Our Technology Department has attended national and state conferences in order to prepare for the program.
Q) When do I have to order/purchase the notebook computer by?
A) You must have a laptop on the first day of school. We recommend getting one early enough so that you may become familiar with how it works and get all the software installed on it before the school year begins.
Q) What happens if the computer is not working correctly or is broken accidently?
A) If you purchased your computer through DSR, it can be brought to the tech department to be sent out for repairs. If you purchased elsewhere or bring in one you already own, you must take the computer back to your place of purchase for any repairs and you will not be given a loaner. The tech department will offer only minimal support on non-DSR purchased computers (School wireless network access issues, Office issues, etc.). We are unable to provide home networking support. Students are responsible for backing up their own files.
Q) What happens if the notebook computer is lost or stolen?
A) If the notebook computer is lost or stolen, it is the responsibility of the parent/student to purchase a replacement notebook computer.
Q) Will my student be able to use the computer at home and have access to the internet?
A) Your son or daughter will have complete access to the Internet when they are at home. While in the building certain web sites will be blocked and the teachers will have complete control over when and if the computer can access the Internet during the class period. Outside of class, only certain web sites will be blocked by the Content Filtering service we subscribe to. This Content Filtering is a requirement by the Federal government in order for Pallotti to accept Federal grant monies. The Content filter has 50 categories of filtering available and we control the selection of those categories. We mainly have pornographic & violence types of sites being filtered.
Q) Will I need to purchase any additional software for individual classes?
A) Possibly. We are currently working with each department to find out their software needs. We recommend checking the class requirements before signing up to see if there are any programs you may need. You are responsible for purchasing an Operating System and an office suite. See recommendations above.
We hope that more of the textbooks will become available in electronic form. Once they are available, you would be required to buy either the book or the electronic version.
For more information, please contact a member of our Technology Team.