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Computer Technology

Paramus Catholic continues to provide its students with new computer technology. A Virtual Learning Desktop has been implemented to provide anywhere, anytime access to the school’s data network. This environment is available 24 hours a day via our school website or from any of approximately 500 computer workstations in the school. Each student has a login ID and home folder and access to a wealth of resources including Internet access, online library research subscriptions, productivity applications, and the school’s intranet. Four computer labs furnished with the latest software technology are available for student use. One of these labs also serves as a Writing and International Language Lab. Smaller labs are also in service, including ones for Assisted Learning and Digital Video Editing. Six Mobile Wireless Laptop Labs are also available for teachers to integrate technology directly into their classrooms. All classrooms have permanent LCD projectors and many have Electronic Whiteboards, which are directly connected to the school network for technology integration in the classroom. PC believes that technology enhances instruction, but it cannot replace the creative interaction between teachers and students in a classroom. 

 

 

Requirements for the PC 1-to-1 iPad Program

  • Students must use an Apple iPad 2 or newer. iPods and iPhones are not acceptable substitutes. Laptops, including Apple Macbooks, are not permissible.

  • The requirement for Apple iPads is based on the need for a unified platform. In this situation the iPad has 2 major advantages:

 

a. As all teachers are equipped with Apple iPads, their tablet-based instruction will be geared for this platform. By ensuring that both teacher and student are using the same device electronic instruction can proceed with a minimum of technical confusion.

 

b. Most publishers target the iOS platform first for e book and educational app release. Android and other tablets will receive these apps and books much later, if at all.  At this time, the iPad is considered to be the primary platform for tablet-based education.

 

  • Any iPad device is acceptable except for the iPad 1. Ipad 2 and newer iPads are acceptable.

  • The iPad mini is acceptable. The only difference between a standard iPad and the iPad mini is the screen size.  Apps look the same on the iPad mini as they do on the standard iPad, the text and images are just a bit smaller due to the smaller screen.

  • As Paramus Catholic has pervasive WiFi, there is no need for a 3G/4G cellular iPad. Not only are the cellular iPads more expensive than WiFi-only iPads they require monthly data plans that are also quite expensive and tend to be much slower than WiFi.

  • The screen is the most delicate part of an iPad and the vast majority of iPad problems are broken screens due to an accidental drop or being squashed in a backpack. Therefore all iPads must be in a case that can cover the screen. Drop resistant cases such as those made by Otterbox or LifeProof are highly recommended. While these cases cost a bit more than a bargain case, they cost far less than a replacement screen.

  • An extra iPad charger is highly recommended. Students are required to bring their iPad to school every day fully charged and this is easiest if there is always a charger plugged in and ready at home.

  • Devices should be upgraded to a minimum of iOS 7.

  • All devices should be enrolled in iCloud, a free service from Apple. This makes saving files and locating lost devices much easier.