Lakeside Campus Technology
The Lakeside Campus is a dual platform campus with both PC and Mac computers. This is intentional to expose students to both major operating systems for two reasons: 1) to provide proficiency in both operating systems for success in any future environment whether in college or the workplace 2) to help students make an informed decision regarding operating system preferences. The Lakeside Campus is equipped with two mobile laptop carts as well as an iPad 2 mobile cart. The school has a general access technology lab equipped with dual platform computers. In addition, there is also another technology lab for technology-based coursework which is a dual platform lab as well. The library is also equipped with many computer stations for students to use. Students have access to school email accounts as well as the entire Google Apps suite to help them effectively collaborate with their peers.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
One-to-One (1:1) computing where every student has his/her own laptop, has continued to rise in popularity in the last decade. There is good reason for this as students have greater and more immediate access to rich materials that can be found on the internet. In addition, teachers are able to take advantage of this rich material more easily. Other benefits of such a program include greater communication between faculty and peers, as well as increased organization. With a vast majority of students having access to their own personal devices, SCS has moved towards a Bring Your Own 1:1 environment.
BYOD is required for all HS students.
- WiFi connectivity and an Internet Browser
- Strong Battery Capacity
- Device Recommendations
The device should be a Laptop. While an iPad or another tablet could work, our experience has shown that they are not as capable for everyday productivity.
Why does SCS require all HS students to bring a device?
As a college preparatory school, SCS believe that our classrooms should prepare our students for higher education. Therefore, we require that students bring a laptop to class to be guided in becoming productive with a device in an a learning environment. Additionally, the use of a device in the hands of every student allows teachers to use 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, media consumption, research skills, digital organization, and digital citizenship.
Do I need to buy the latest MacBook Pro?
No. While many families purchase Apple products out of a preference for the brand, we in no way make that a requirement. In fact, as a Google Apps for Education school, Google Chromebooks work very well for our needs and can be purchased for a fraction of the price.
Do I need to purchase additional software?
No. SCS provide a Google Apps for Education account for every student that includes email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and unlimted cloud storage. All software we require as a school is completely web-based. Classes requiring specific software packages take place in a technology lab with school computers.
Can I use an iPad?
Yes, but it is not recommended. Over the past 5 years we have piloted iPads, and observed students who have used them. We have found them to be inadequate in day to day productivity needs.
How will this be used in my child's class?
The BYOD initiative takes place in classes with varied levels of integration. One class may only use the devices for notes and peer collaboration, while others may base their entire curriculum online via Google Classroom. We work with our faculty to decide what level of integration is appropriate for each circumstance.
What is my child's device breaks or he/she leaves it at home?
We have a limited number of devices on hand that can be loaned out for short durations.