Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program
Providence School utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. All students in grades 6-12 are required to bring a Windows 10 device that meets the recommended minimum requirements stated below. We strongly believe that using technology to engage students in the learning process is a valuable way to prepare our students for their future career endeavors. With Office 365, Canvas Learning Management System, and the integration of new teaching techniques, your child will be better prepared for college and beyond.
Providence strongly recommends the Surface device for our students in grades 6-12. The learning environment regarding technology works better when every device works the same way. Based on feedback from our staff we are asking parents to honor our request providing a device that meets our specifications. Depending on your student’s schedule there are classes that Apple Laptops don’t perform well in due to software compatibility limitations.
There are many other manufacturers who build Windows-based tablets (Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Acer, etc.). If you’d like to find something other than the Surface line, any tablets that meet or exceed the following specifications will work:
- 8-10 hour battery life
- 10″ or larger touch screen
- At least 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM
- Instant on; SSD boot drive
- Windows 10 or 11; Not Window 10S
- Keyboard capability (e.g. USB connected keyboard or Bluetooth)
- A stylus/pen
- A protective case or sleeve
- An accidental damage protection (ADP) plan that provides for full replacement should your device become non-functional.
An iPad, Android tablet or Chromebook is not sufficient for the needs of our students. Many digital textbooks and educational resources cannot be installed or displayed on these devices and will not be allowed as the student’s primary device.
Providence primarily supports the Windows OS, however students have used Mac devices without issue in the past. Please be aware that if a class requires software that is incompatible with their Mac, they will be responsible for finding a replacement or alternative solution.
Protecting your device is extremely important. We recommend a strong case or sleeve for protection from breakage. Ultimately it is the student/family’s responsibility to have a working device that meets the minimum standards listed above. Breakages and malfunctions will happen which is why having an Accidental Damage Protection plan such as Microsoft Complete is so important.
See the Tablet Care page for more information on how to protect your device.
Parent Internet & Social Media Resources
Family Online Safety Institute
Google Safety Center
Common Sense Media
Unplugging as a Family
Why Everyone Should Unplug More Often
The Challenge: Technology Addiction