Providence School is very excited to share with you our technology recommendations for this coming school year. We want to thank you for your partnership with us on this journey. 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 the Canvas Learning Management System, Office 365, and the integration of new teaching techniques, your child will be better prepared for college and beyond. The mobile device your student purchased this past year will still be an acceptable device provided it meets our minimum hardware requirements stated at the bottom of this page. For new students or those looking to upgrade, please continue reading.
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. Students that will be graduating in 2022 will be required to purchase one of the Surface devices as incoming 9th graders.
We are proud to announce a custom online Microsoft Store from offering premiere pricing. You many also inquire at the St. Johns Town Center store to setup leasing devices with 0% interest. Existing students please make sure and bring you student ID card with you for verification. This online store is in preview mode. Purchasing online will be available soon. However, you can purchase in-store now and receive the same pricing.
Generally any member of the Surface line will work well for your child’s classroom needs. The units with faster processors provide better performance for things like graphics and video creation. All systems work and function identically; the only differences are in the speed and amount of storage provided.
When you purchase your device, please be aware that the operating system will require a Microsoft Online Account to access the store and purchase applications. We are configuring our cloud services to use the student’s Providence network account to login. You can use your device with the free Microsoft account, but when school starts, you will need to use your school login, which will be provided to you in the Summer technology letter.
All current students will receive a free subscription through the school for Microsoft Office 365 with Office Pro Plus which allows the installation of Microsoft Office on 5 devices.
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)