Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Providence School utilizes a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. All students in grades 9-12 are required to bring a Windows 10 device meeting 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.
More information will be coming soon regarding the 2019 Summer Device Night. Device night will offer a special bundle deal to Providence families while taking advantage of the tax-free Florida week. Purchasing at the Microsoft store includes their free Out-Of-The-Box Experience and training. Students purchasing devices on Device Night will be able to get IT assistance on loading their books the following week. All books need to be downloaded before the first day of school.
After purchasing your device, you can have it set up to load books at the store with their free Out-Of-The-Box experience. You can schedule an appointment for the Microsoft Store Out-Of-Box-Experience by calling 904-583-9470 or visiting their website.
About our program (BYOD)
9th-12th Grade Students
Providence strongly recommends the Surface device for our students in grades 9-12. 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 students schedule there are classes that Apple Laptops don’t perform well in due to software compatibility limitations.
8th Grade Students
For rising 8th graders, parents may purchase a recommended Microsoft Surface as an option for the upcoming school year. They will still use their hardback books in class but will be allowed at the teacher’s discretion to use the devices in class accessing Office 365 and Canvas. Students taking a foreign language in the 8th grade are not required to purchase a device but are allowed to use it in foreign language classes.
Device Minimum Requirements
There are many other manufacturers who also 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; 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.
If you prefer to make monthly payments for your student device. Microsoft is offering the option of a 0% interest payment plan. In order to take advantage of this program you would need to apply online with Dell Financing by clicking on the Dell logo. Once you are approved you would need to visit the Town Center store with your approval information to make your purchase. Terms and Conditions.
MacBooks and other Non-Windows Devices
Because Macintosh laptops (Macs) do not offer touchscreen with inking capabilities, they will not be acceptable devices for the BYOD program. An iPad or Android tablet device is not sufficient for the needs of our students. Many digital textbooks and educational resources cannot be opened or displayed on iPad or Android devices. These devices will not be allowed as the student’s primary device.
Social Media and Internet Safety
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- Connect Safely
- Google Safety Center
Online safety from Google
- Common Sense Media
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
- Connect Safely