If every student has their own computer, does this mean they
will no longer use pencils, paper, and books?
Using technology such as laptops and electronic devices does
not mean that we never use conventional tools like paper, pens, and print
books. There will be times when using these traditional technologies are the
most appropriate way of meeting learning goals. However, our goal in allowing
students to access our network on their own devices will be to increase their
Digital Age Learning skills, giving each student confidence and competence in
using technology appropriately in order to assist their learning and
What if the computer breaks and needs to be repaired, or
becomes inoperable due to software or hardware failure?
It is the responsibility of the parent and the student to
maintain and if necessary pay to have student laptops repaired. We strongly recommend purchasing an extended
warranty and possibly even student laptop insurance to protect against
Will the school provide machines to use while a student
machine is in for repairs?
St. John’s will not provide free loaner machines for
students in the BYOD program. Because
students need their laptop every day for use at school, those who do not have a
computer to use at school will be provided a rental machine to use while their
laptop is in for repairs. Rental units
will be issued through our IT department. Rental fees are $5 per day or $20 per 7-day week and will be added to monthly tuition statements. These rental
units (Google Chromebooks) will not be the exact same machine as the one you
purchased but will provide web access so students can retrieve and work on
online resources, documents, and projects. It is the responsibility of the
student to make sure any work saved locally on their own computer is backed up
regularly. NOTE: Parents are responsible for any damage incurred to the rental
Will students be required to purchase Microsoft Office?
No. To help students learn to work online and
collaboratively, we intend to make use of cloud based tools such of Google Apps
for documents and presentations. Students who need software to work on
documents offline can download and install free Open Office.
Will students be required to go online at home?
Many of the tools and resources used at school are “online”
resources which require an Internet connection in order to work. Students who
are unable to get online at home may have to come to school early or stay late
in order to get their work done. We strongly recommend a home Internet
connection. Here are some of the online tools students need to access away from
school: Moodle, St. John’s Google Apps, Online Textbooks, Discovery Education,
St. John’s Library, World Book Web.
Will St. John’s provide Internet filtering?
Students who connect to the Internet at school will be
protected from inappropriate content by St. John’s Internet filter. During
school hours, this filter will also prevent access to sites like Facebook,
Youtube, or other sites that could distract students during class. This filter
will only work while students are connected to St. John’s network. It is the
parents responsibility to monitor their child’s Internet use at home. We encourage families to provide Internet
filtering at home or install software to guard or monitor student use away from
What if the battery runs out during school?
Students are required to have their computers fully charged
for the start of each school day. A student that comes to school with a dead
battery is just as unprepared as a student who forgets their book or their pen
or pencil. Student laptops will be required to have an expected battery
life of 6 hours or more. For most students this will be enough to get them
through the school day. We recommend students have two laptop chargers - one
for a designated charging spot at home, and one to carry with them for charging
during lunch, PE, and break at school as needed.
What about printing?
Student laptops will not be able to access printers at
school. If a project requires printing, then printing must be done on your home
printer. In some cases if a home printer is not working, it may be acceptable
to send the document to the teacher for printing. This is at the discretion of
Can we purchase an iPad instead of a laptop?
Currently, many of the online tools and activities students
will be required to use at school will not work on an iPad. Students in the
BYOD program will need access to online textbooks, resources, and web tools
like Glogster & Prezi. In order to work properly, many of these require
Adobe Flash which is not available on iPads. Our St. John’s Google Apps require
a full desktop version of a web browser for full functionality and live
collaboration. The iPad only supports a limited “mobile” version of Google
Apps. This may change in the future, but for now an iPad cannot serve as a
student’s sole device because it is not capable of doing all that we need our
students to do.
Will the school teach students how to use, maintain, and
update their own computers?
St. John’s teachers will be able to assist students and show
them how to use web tools required for class activities and projects. While there will be times where they may also
have time to assist our students in providing some tips and direction in the
maintenance and updating of their devices, the ultimate responsibility will
rest with the student and their parents/guardians. Support from a local
retailer at the student’s cost may be necessary for support with software
installation, virus protection software or repairs/upgrades.
What if I have a question that is not answered here?
Please contact the school office (714) 288-4406.