Academics + Educational Technology & BYOD

Educational Technology

Educational Technology serves SHC’s mission by empowering faculty, staff and students with the knowledge and tools to create and innovate in thoughtful ways with technology. Our experienced EdTech team provides faculty and staff with a variety of professional development and growth opportunities throughout the year. Faculty regularly make use of technology to encourage students to evaluate media, build critical thinking skills and develop digital citizenship and literacy skills.

In the summer of 2012, SHC upgraded our existing campuswide wireless infrastructure to a state-of-the-art system that supports personally-owned computer devices. Student-owned laptops, e-readers, tablets and smartphones are all welcome for the purpose of learning. During the fall of 2012 we implemented our new learning management system, Schoology. From rich forums to social commentary features and much more, this platform allows parents, teachers, students, counselors, club moderators and coaches to fully participate in the learning process.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Why would we hand every student the same device, especially when that device may not be relevant in six months or a year? Our BYOD program is the catalyst to the digital literacy that the future requires. We invite you to use a range of digital technologies to evaluate, create and distribute information.

Minimum System Specifications

Minimum system specifications for our BYOD program are driven by curricular objectives from across our classes. Our vision is that SHC students acquire the skills necessary to select and manage digital tools that will empower them in all phases of the learning process, including research, problem solving, content creation, communication and collaboration. Students and families may already have a device that meets these requirements, may upgrade a current device to meet these requirements or may purchase a new device to meet these requirements. With the launch of our new BYOD program in the fall of 2013, all students bring a digital device to school each day.

Windows
Laptop/Netbook

Mac Laptop

Google Nexus
Tablet
(10″)

iPad (9.7″)

Google
Chromebook

Storage
Capacity
64 GB hard drive 64 GB hard drive 32 GB 32 GB 16 GB
Operating
System
Windows 7
or higher
OS  10.7
or higher
Android 4.2
or higher
iOS 6.0
or higher
N/A
Minimum
Battery Life
Four hours Four hours Four hours Four hours Four hours
Required
Accessories
Protective case/cover, Headphones Protective case/cover, Headphones External
keyboard (full size)Protective case/cover, Headphones
External
keyboard (full size)Protective  case/cover, Headphones
Protective
case/cover, Headphones
Approximate
Cost
$350 and up
+ accessories
$950 and up
+ accessories
$249 and up
+ keyboard
and accessories
$429 and up
+ keyboard
and accessories
$249 and up
+ accessories

Note: Devices not meeting these minimum specifications include smartphones and eReaders (e.g., Kindle, Kindle Fire, Nook, etc.). The Windows Surface Pro tablet does meet our minimum specifications, but the Surface RT does not. 

Software

Devices that meet the minimum specifications in the table above will function with SHC’s essential educational and communication software systems. Your device needs to be able to connect to our email system: Gmail, Google drive, calendar, etc. It also needs to work with Schoology, our Learning Management System. In some cases students will need to spend a small amount of money on software. Android and Apple tablet users should expect to spend $15-$20 on apps while Windows users should strongly consider purchasing a robust video editing application such as Pinnacle Studio. Click here to view the apps we strongly recommend purchasing for tablets. We recommend that use of free software/apps (Gmail, Google Drive, Schoology, etc.) and open-source software when possible. We maintain a listing of free and open-source software here.

Support

We strongly recommend that students purchase an extended warranty for their device at the time of purchase. Students can bring their device to the SHC Tech Department for initial diagnosis in the event of malfunction. If the problem can be easily fixed within 15 minutes, the Tech Department staff will do so. If not, students will be provided with a loaner device for no longer than two weeks and the student/family are responsible for the repair or replacement of the device. Just like textbooks, notebooks and other tools for learning, the student owns and is ultimately responsible for the upkeep and usefulness of the device.

BYOD Frequently Asked Questions